Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ace pays tribute to Gray

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DR Congo international Jacques Maghoma is loving life under Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray.

Buoyed by scoring his first goal of the campaign in the midweek victory over Notts County, Maghoma has thanked Gray for believing in him.

Sheffield Wednesday's Jacques Maghoma, on the back of Atdhe Nuhiu, celebrates scoring the first goal during the Capital One Cup match at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday's Jacques Maghoma, on the back of Atdhe Nuhiu, celebrates scoring the first goal during the Capital One Cup match at Hillsborough.

The skilful forward is eternally grateful to the Wednesday chief for the time he has spent on the training ground helping him improve his all around game.

“When I first came in from Burton, Stuart worked with me on individual stuff,” Maghoma told The Star. “It is always nice for someone to take their time and work with you on your weaknesses.

“Stuart still takes most of the sessions. It’s nice to work with him. He’s a real football man. He has put his ideas across on how he wants to play in pre-season. I’m just glad to be part of his plans.”

Maghoma’s lovely right foot finish versus County was his first strike since Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph at Huddersfield Town last February. The 26-year-old is eager to repay the faith Gray has shown in him by regularly getting his name on the score-sheet.

“I think as a player you always want to get better,” he said. “The reason why I was signed here was because I scored so many goals for Burton. Last season, I wasn’t able to get to get as many goals as I wanted so hopefully I can improve on that this season.

“It’s a part of my game I am working on. I just want to get as many as I can to help the team out through our journey this season.

“There are a lot of things I need to work on but I’m feeling a lot fitter after having a good pre-season. It’s up to me to get my level up to where it can be. Everything else will fall into play like goals and assists. First and foremost, I need to work hard and be be consistent, week in week out.”

It is no secret Gray is seeking to bolster the options at his disposal. Having sold Michail Antonio to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest last week, Gray has set his sights on recruiting a new wide player. He also wants a centre forward to increase competition for places in the final third. Wednesday are understood to be keeping close tabs on Blackburn Rovers winger Ben Marshall and Leicester City striker Chris Wood.

Maghoma said: “I would have thought he [Gray] will bring in a few players but that’s up to him to decide. As a player, I don’t really look at who is coming in.

“If the gaffer thinks we need to strengthen in certain areas, I’m sure he will do that. We’ve got a good team but, if we can bring in a few more players to make us stronger, then I’m sure the gaffer will do that.”