Sheffield Wednesday: Caolan ‘a work in progress’ says Bullen

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Lee Bullen says Caolan Lavery is a ‘work-in-progress’ who can only improve with game time.

The former Northern Ireland U21 striker netted three goals in an eight-game loan spell at Chesterfield earlier this year and he is pushing for more minutes now back at Hillsborough.

Owls coach Bullen believes the loan move benefited the 22-year-old.

“It’s a made a big difference to him going out and playing games,” Bullen said. “It’s completely different from U21 football.

“The more games he play, the more he will improve and get better.”

Bullen says Lavery is well-aware of the areas of his game he needs to work on in order a secure a regular starting berth.

He said: “Caolan is still a work in progress but he understands that. He knows he’s got to keep on and making an impact.

“His link up play has got to improve when his back is to goal. When he turns and starts running at defenders, he’s a nightmare to play against.

“He’s so direct, powerful and quick. Caolan just wants to score goals and you can’t buy that.”