Alan Biggs Column: Could Lewis McGugan and Stevie May lead the way for Stuart Gray at Sheffield Wednesday?

Sheffield Wednesday v Watford.....Kieran Lee with Watfords Lewis McGugan
Sheffield Wednesday v Watford.....Kieran Lee with Watfords Lewis McGugan
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For Sheffield Wednesday and Stuart Gray, it’s about trying something different. Loan capture Lewis McGugan can make that difference - 55 goals from midfield for Nottingham Forest and Watford, still only 26.

A quietly spoken boss raising his voice has been another contrast, as is pairing Stevie May with loan recruit Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

After one goal in six matches, anything might seem worth a try - but none has been an act of desperation. Coach Lee Bullen tells me that Gray’s dressing room tirade after the recent defeat to Bournemouth was calculated shock therapy rather than a manager losing his rag.

“If you’re always shouting at players it has no effect,” says Bullen, insisting that the ensuing goalless draw with Rotherham at least brought a more vigorous approach.

That’s again the minimum expectation at Huddersfield on Saturday. As for creativity, I’ve questioned whether May and Taylor-Fletcher, neither in the target man mould, are too similar.

“No, they are different and we think Gary can provide chances for Stevie,” argues Bullen.

In fairness, there were signs of that against Rotherham before Taylor-Fletcher’s first-half eye injury from which he is expected to have recovered.

May should have his tail up after winning his first Scotland cap in midweek, albeit in a 3-1 defeat to England. And McGugan has plenty to prove.