New Sheffield Wednesday signing Ben Marshall says he can handle the pressure of playing for the first team of a big club.
The 20-year-old Salford-born wideman, who has joined the Owls on loan until January from Premier League club Stoke City, can’t wait to take to the Hillsborough pitch as either a winger, playing behind the main striker or as a centre-forward.
He said: “My main position is a winger but I can play in the hole and up front. Hopefully I can bring some goals as well. I have played in front of big crowds before and I’m really looking forward to doing that here.”
Many highly-rated players freeze when given the chance of playing on the big stage.
Owls manager Gary Megson has gone on record to say he wants players to revel in being at Wednesday.
Some often join a club like the Owls, perform below par and then go on to make career for themselves at a team where the spotlight doesn’t shine as brightly.
However, Marshall, who began his career with Manchester United’s youth side before joining Crewe Alexandra’s renowned academy in 2005, spending four years with the Railwaymen, said he wouldn’t be daunted by the move.
“This is a great opportunity for me.” He added: “It was an easy decision to make.”
Megson’s friendship with Stoke boss Tony Pulis has no doubt helped facilitate the move for Marshall. But Owls fans who made the long trip to Carlisle last November for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, may remember Marshall scoring from a Gary Madine pass and having an excellent overall match as the Cumbrians went through 3-1.
Marshall broke his leg during the JPT final at Wembley against Brentford. Carlisle won the match 1-0 with Marshall yet again outstanding.
While a broken bone is never good for a footballer, the injury was at the less serious end of the scale and Marshall was able to take part in pre-season training back at his parent club Stoke.
Marshall signed for the Potters in in July 2009 and has also been on loan at Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town. He made 42 appearances in all competitions for Carlisle last season, scoring five goals.