Bennett hands Owls new scoring weapon

Influential figure: Julian Bennett helped to create a chance in the draw with Leeds.           Picture: Steve Ellis
Influential figure: Julian Bennett helped to create a chance in the draw with Leeds. Picture: Steve Ellis
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NEW left back Julian Bennett could bring a new dimension to Sheffield Wednesday’s attacking play.

The defender showed in the friendly against Leeds that he has an exceptionally long throw-in.

He produced a startling left-side delivery inside the first few minutes which reached the far-post area and led to a chance for Chris Sedgwick.

Bennett was billed as a strong defender when he was signed.

But his throw will be part of Gary Megson’s plans for the team to score more goals from set pieces. Bennett has also shown that he can make overlapping runs when the team are going forward.

“Julian’s throw-in is something we can utilise,” said the Wednesday boss. “We have to have as many strings to our bow as we can get.”

Wednesday head for Barnsley tonight (kick-off 7.30pm) having scored six goals in their domestic friendlies so far but with the team boss trying to ensure that they are also a potent scoring force when the real action starts.

So far, he feels that Jermaine Johnson has been the main threat to opposing sides: “JJ has looked the part.

“When he gets the ball, I always think something is going to happen, and we could have an opportunity to score. But I only feel that when he gets the ball.

“We’re still nearly two weeks away from the start of the season but we have to find more strings to our bow.”

Johnson played as a left winger against Worksop (a 3-0 win), Rotherham (2-1 win) and Leeds (1-1 draw) but was switched up front to partner Gary Madine after trialist Padraig Amond was taken off in the 57th minute on Saturday.

Megson has yet to give any hint about whether or not Amond is likely to be signed, but there must be some doubt about whether he is the sort of ready-made, proven scorer that the club have been looking to bring in.

With the squad still below full strength, the club are likely to field a young side against Hallam at Sandygate tomorrow (kick-off 7.45pm).

An academy line-up was employed on Sunday against Sheffield FC, who used former Owls striker David Graham as a second-half sub. The home team won 3-0 and the attendance was 445.

Wednesday’s final major friendly will be at home to Stoke City on Saturday (1pm), and they will send a side on Sunday to Blue Square Premier League Alfreton Town (2pm).