Sheffield Wednesday: Best backed to earn an Irish recall

Owls striker Leon Best.
Owls striker Leon Best.
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Benik Afobe has tipped fellow Sheffield Wednesday loanee Leon Best to force his way back into international contention.

It was back in March 2010 that Best won the last of his six Republic of Ireland caps. But the striker, on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season, is in a rich vein of form, having scored four goals in 11 appearances since rejoining the Owls, including three goals in his last five outings.

Afobe, hoping to keep his place in the Owls starting line-up after bagging a consolation strike against Watford, told The Star: “Leon is one of the better strikers I’ve played with. I know I’m young and haven’t played with many but I think he’s got a bit of everything.

“I think it’s a realistic target for him to get back into the Ireland squad. He’s only 27 so he’s still got many years under his belt.

“I think if he carries on scoring goals wherever he goes, whether he stays here or goes somewhere else, he’s got a realistic chance of getting back into the squad.”

Wednesday’s development squad host Leeds United in their penultimate fixture of the season at Middlewood Road today, kick-off 1pm.