Sheffield Wednesday: Jones issues challenge to Reda

Reda Johnson faces a big year, says the Owls manager

Reda Johnson faces a big year, says the Owls manager

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Reda Johnson is set to make his comeback tomorrow with Dave Jones believing that this will be “a big year” for him.

The Owls manager also thinks that the attack-minded left back is improving his defending.

“Until Reda got injured, I think he was improving all the time, and he will continue to do so,” Jones told The Star.

“This is big year for him: his contract is up at the end of the season; we’re trying to push on, and I’m sure he wants to play at a higher level.

“What better stage for him to perform on, week in week out, than here with us in a blue and white shirt?”

Johnson, set to start against Millwall, has become better known for his goal-scoring than for his defending, but Jones says: “Reda has worked hard, and we have worked hard with him on him becoming a better defender and being better on the ball going forward.

“Most of his goals come from set plays, but at Leeds last Saturday he probably had three opportunities to get a goal from open play. The way we play is ideal for him. We give him a licence to go forward.”

Jones also feels that Johnson adds experience to the back four.

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