SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Miguel Llera corners market as goal-making centre-half

Set-piece ace: New corner man Miguel Llera
Set-piece ace: New corner man Miguel Llera
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owls defender Miguel Llera has added a new trick to his repertoire - and raised Martin Taylor’s hopes of getting among the goals again.

The sight of a centre-half, Llera, taking corners rather than going into the opposition’s box to attack them was a surprise of the game at Crystal Palace.

The Spaniard was well known for scoring with his feet or head, and he made a goal like a left winger last season with a run and cross.

But at Selhurst Park he caused Palace problems with right-side, inswinging corners played with his left foot - one of which produced Michail Antonio’s second-half goal.

Dave Jones says: “It’s a useful weapon to have.”

And Taylor, who is 6ft 5in tall and scored 10 goals for Watford in 86 league games, fancies his chances of getting on the end of set-pieces like that.

“It’s incredible,” says Llera’s fellow centre-back. “I was surprised in the first half. When he went up there I was looking for him in the middle. I didn’t realise he took them!

“He whips them in. It’s a fantastic asset when you have someone who has a great delivery at set pieces. Hopefully I’ll get in the box and get on the end of a few.”

Taylor played in Watford’s first five games of the season and scored in a 3-2 win at Palace last month. He also signed a new contract at Watford earlier in the summer but last week the Hornets accepted the Owls’ offer for him and he was keen to take the opportunity at what he regards as a “fantastic club”.

He says: “It was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

Although his signing was confirmed less than half an hour before the August transfer window closed, he reveals: “I knew Wednesday had been interested in me for a while. It really attracted me.

“There’s a lot of potential here for the club to really push on.

“When you see the group of lads, the size of the club and the fan base, there’s a real opportunity to be at the right

end of the league. Everybody knows that the margins are always fine in the Championship. It’s a tough league. We’ll give it a good shot. I’m really looking forward to it.

“I played a few games at the start of the season, so match-fitness wise I haven’t got a problem.

“The international break is probably a good opportunity to get into training with the lads and get to know them. When you’re a player going into a new club, you just want to make your debut. I’m raring to go.”