Megson bids to speed up Owls action

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s interest in Nathan Tyson illustrates Gary Megson’s view that his team must have pace.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s interest in Nathan Tyson illustrates Gary Megson’s view that his team must have pace.

The Owls boss would probably like to add more of this quality to his squad as he attempts to rebuild it.

Tyson would have been an ideal forward but his probable move to Derby will leave Wednesday pondering other options as they also await an answer from their own speed merchant, Jermaine Johnson,

Megson saw the value of pace when he was playing for the Owls.

In his first spell with them, from 1981 to 1984, he played alongside Terry Curran, Gary Bannister and Imre Varadi at various times.

During his second spell, from 1985 to 1989, the men whom he supplied from midfield included Mark Chamberlain and David Hirst.

As a manager, Megson is a big admirer of the way Johnson can run at defenders and go past them, though he also thinks JJ could be more consistent.

Tyson shares Johnson’s ability to play down the middle or out wide - another attraction.

Extra pace would fit into Megson’s liking for a generally high-tempo style of play.

Although the Owls were able to offer out-of-contract Forest forward Tyson a place at a big club who could be going places next season under his old boss, they will also have known that rivals from the Championship have bigger wage budgets and were capable of outbidding them as well as offering higher-level football.

A move to Derby would also make it uncessary for Tyson to uproot from the Midlands.

The Rams have offered him a three-year deal and are believed to be confident of landing him next week, at the front of a queue that has also included Hull, Burnley and Portsmouth.

Wednesday are also among the clubs who want Dagenham right winger Danny Green, who is no slouch.

But the Owls are not alone in knowing they do not have the field to themselves.

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry said: “We face a lot of competition for Danny as I know that Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace are also after him, but our record of giving young players a chance in the first team will give us a good chance.

“Danny is available and I have spoken to John Still [Dagenham boss] about him.”

Fry also planned to talk to Daggers chairman David Andrews: “But we are keen not to get involved in an auction.”