SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls may extend Ross Barkley’s month-long loan

editorial image
Have your say

SHEFFIELD Wednesday could extend the loan of newest signing Ross Barkley.

The 18-year-old has been borrowed initially for a month but the Owls almost certainly will want to make it a longer stay providing he makes the expected impact.

The outcome will also depend on whether David Moyes feels Everton can continue to manage without him - with the Toffees boss having admitted it was a gamble to let the youngster go at a time when his squad is a little short on numbers.

Barkley played as a second-half sub in Friday’s defeat at Brighton and is likely to make his home debut against Huddersfield on Wednesday.

Because of his age, he has been registered on a Football League youth loan - slightly different from the senior loans which from the outset stipulate a maximum length of stay.

Owls boss Dave Jones says: “It’s an academy loan. It has to be month-to-month. We’ll see how it goes. He’s with us for a month. Then we’ll assess it and see whether he stays longer. That will also be down to Everton.”

Barkley went closest to equalising at Brighton, with a shot that was well saved. Jones said: “The kid’s got a talent. He did well when he came on.

“It’s difficult: we only picked him up on Thursday: we dragged him off the Everton coach that was going to Reading for a reserve game. I picked him up at Euston and he only got to our hotel at eight o’clock on Thursday night.

“Then we’re asking him to go on. I think he showed touches, and he probably could have scored on his debut as well.”

Everton boss Moyes has said he had to think deeply before letting Barkley out on loan: “We hope it improves his development,” said Moyes.

“Sheffield Wednesday are a big club with big support, which is what he’ll need to be used to when he comes back to Everton. We are a bit short, but hopefully we won’t feel the effect of losing Ross too much.”