SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: No rush as Dave Jones picks leading man

Captaincy candidates Stephen Bywater
Captaincy candidates Stephen Bywater
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DAVE Jones has yet to make a decision on who will captain his Sheffield Wednesday side in the Championship campaign.

Stephen Bywater was given the armband for the friendly at Kilmarnock as Jose Semedo was among players rested.

Captaincy candidates: Jose Semedo

Captaincy candidates: Jose Semedo

Semedo had also enjoyed the role in previous friendlies and carried it out last season when skipper Rob Jones was out of the side.

But boss Jones will only settle fully on a successor when his team-building plans have been completed, and even then he will not regard the captaincy as a major issue.

He wants all of his players to take responsibility regardless of who wears the armband.

The future captain could also be be one of the players whom he has yet to bring in.

“I’ve not made a decision yet,” he says. “It depends partly on who comes in and whether someone who comes in has been a captain at another club and can be a strong leader.

“I’d like all my players to be captains when they’re out there: I want them to be strong and capable of taking a lead.”

Jones, with three or four further signings in mind, is pleased with the characters and abilities that he has assembled so far in his new-look squad.

He was also satisfied with the performance in the 4-1 win at Kilmarnock from a side comprising mainly players whose prospects of being in the side that kicks off against Derby a week tomorrow must be in some doubt.

“It was a good workout, played at a testimonial pace, to be fair,” said Jones, who rested nine members of the team that drew against West Brom..

“The lads who needed the game got it, and we had a look at a few trialists,” he added.

“The boys who hadn’t played a lot looked sharp and quite fit.

“It was about giving people game time (at Kilmarnock), getting them out on the big pitch and getting them used to the way we want to play.”

Jones admitted that he did consider leaving out Michail Antonio as well.The quick and strong winger, two days into his full Wednesday career, played for the second half.”