When Royston Drenthe is in the mood, the Dutch forward is a nightmare to play against.
His quick, close control dribbling terrorised Charlton’s backline last weekend. Drenthe marked his full Sheffield Wednesday debut with a fine individual strike and head coach Stuart Gray described him as “unplayable” in the first half.
The 27-year-old lit up The Valley, showing glimpses of why he once played for Real Madrid. He can conjure a goal out of absolutely nothing. His ability in possession reminds Gray of former Owls favourite Jermaine Johnson.
Given Wednesday are currently struggling to find the back of the net on a consistent basis, Drenthe brings something a little bit different to the side. His flair and imagination in the final final third could hold the key to Gray’s troops getting back to winning ways when they welcome high-flying Bournemouth to Hillsborough tonight.
Jeremy Helan told The Star: “Royston has a lot of ability. He brings magic to the team, he can take people on and he’s shown that he can score as well.
“It’s good to see him coming into the team and doing well. He’s lively on the training round, he likes to be close to people, and he’s a very nice guy.”
The Owls have found wins hard to come by at home but Helan, who could revert to left-back against Bournemouth, reckons Drenthe possesses the quality and confidence to help them get through their sticky patch.
He said: “We need to get the crowd on our side and give them something to enjoy. Royston is the type to do that. He can make something special happen and that’s what we need. We need to scare other teams and get the crowd with us.
“We’ve played some good teams at home and sometimes they’ve been battles but I believe if we do well the crowd will be behind us.
“If we can put pressure on the other team we won’t be beaten and that the crowd will get excited.”
Wednesday have slipped into the bottom half of the table after three successive draws and Helan is acutely aware they need to address their home form.
“Like Stu says we need to be better on our patch,” said the Frenchman. “We all know that and Bournemouth will be a good game against a good team.
“We want to prove that we have been unlucky lately.
“Sometimes we feel there’s more pressure on us at home. Obviously away you feel free and the pressure is on the home team.
“I don’t think there’s much difference, though. You still need to win the game no matter if it’s home or away.
“It’s about winning the game, but if you don’t win it, it’s about not losing it - as Stu keeps saying.
“At home you have to get the crowd on your side and get them going.”
Helan is convinced it is only a matter of time before the team start firing up front.
“We are a solid team, if we’d have scored more goals we would have killed teams off,” he said.
“We have the players to score goals; Royston has come in, Chris Maguire can score goals, Atdhe has scored goals. Jacques can create chances as well. It’s about being together as a team. We are a team that can cause opponents problems.
“It’s about decision-making. We have the players to do it, it’s just about doing it.”
Helan said Gray is encouraging the players to express themselves.
“Stu has been saying to us take responsibility, take your shot. We need to create, the more we create the more chances you have to score.
“He doesn’t want us to be afraid of teams.”