Sheffield Wednesday: Gray urges Helan to sharpen up

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Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, is demanding Jeremy Helan improve his finishing.

The Frenchman, signed from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee last summer, bagged two goals in 48 outings during the 2013/14 campaign as the Owls finished 16th in the Championship.

Under Gray’s leadership, Helan has been deployed at left-back, on the left flank and in central midfield. His ability to play in a number of different positions has impressed the Wednesday chief.

Nonetheless, Gray is keen to coax more goals out of the 22-year-old.

He said: “Jeremy [Helan] knows what I expect of him. Not only has he got to provide for the forwards but he also has to take responsibility in the final third. He’s got talent and great speed but he needs to work harder on the training ground on his finishing. We will continue to work with him in that area.”

As part of their five-day training camp in Slovenia next month, the Owls will face Serbian SuperLiga side FK Čukarički in a pre-season friendly. Gray’s charges take on the Belgrade-based outfit on Wednesday, July 23, at the Ptuj City Stadium. The kick-off time has yet to be finalised.