Goal hero Madine vows to be top Owls striker

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Gary Madine says he won’t be dislodged as Sheffield Wednesday’s premier striker.

The 21-year-old is full of confidence after two more goals at Hillsborough led the Owls to a 3-1 victory over MK Dons. And despite having the experienced duo of Ryan Lowe and Chris O’Grady on the sidelines, Madine is determined to leave manager Gary Megson no choice but to pick him. He said: “Ryan is a proven goalscorer over the last few years, Chris O’Grady was the same at Rochdale. And everyone knows Clinton Morrison.

“But if I keep scoring the goals I’ll keep my place. It shows character, I think. The gaffer wants people who want the ball and that’s me.” He added: “I’ve scored five goals in seven league games. If I was to be dropped it’s the gaffer’s decision but I wouldn’t be very happy with it and I’d tell him.

“A few people doubted me at the start of the season but I knew that once I got one goal the rest would come. They’re like buses, they come all at once.

“I think we’ve got the best team player for player in the league. Bring on anyone at Hillsborough and we’re going to win I think.” Keen on improving as a player, Madine relishes the opportunity to work alongside three worldly professionals such as O’Grady, Lowe and Morrison every day in training.

He said: “You pick up little things from people. Chris’ hold-up play is very good. He gets side on, uses the outside of his foot. I wouldn’t say I was the best at holding it up. Ryan’s a great finisher. Clinton’s a great all-round player and has been scoring goals for years.”