Sheffield Wednesday: Owls new boy in stop-go start

Adedeji Oshilaja
Adedeji Oshilaja
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It has been anything but a smooth start to life at Hillsborough for Adedeji Oshilaja.

The centre-back, on loan from Cardiff City, missed the Owls victory over Reading last weekend because he did not receive international clearance in time to take part in the Championship fixture.

Oshilaja was forced to wait until Tuesday’s meeting with Wigan Athletic to make his Wednesday debut. Although the 20-year-old acquitted himself well, Stuart Gray’s side slumped to a 3-0 defeat, a result which condemned them to their first loss in 2014.

It doesn’t get any better for Oshilaja as he will have to sit out this Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Charlton Athletic. He is cup-tied, having played for Newport County in the competition last November.

“It was frustrating not to play at Reading but these things happen in football,” said Oshilaja, who made 12 appearances for Newport earlier on in the season.

“You have to deal with the setbacks and move on.”

Oshilaja said he learned of Wednesday’s interest in his services on Friday morning.

“I went into training and my coach called me and said Sheffield Wednesday were interested,” he said. “I was buzzing because they are a massive club. I jumped at the chance straight away. I told my coach ‘yes’ that I would be excited to play Championship football.

“The fan base is crazy. When I announced it on Twitter that I was joining, loads of fans welcomed me so that was really nice.”

The Londoner, who has made two first-team appearances for the Bluebirds, spoke to Stephen McPhail before the switch was finalised.

“He was my mentor back at Cardiff so to come and join him here was a massive boost,” he said. “I had a phone call from him before I signed the papers and he told me it was a massive club and that I would love it here.”

He is set to remain with Wednesday until March 12.

“I’m looking to play the best that I can and help the team climb the table,” he said. “I want to help keep clean sheets and improve as a player by playing against clever wingers and strikers.”