Sheffield Wednesday: Will Lewis Baker be a Ross Barkley or a Jay Bothroyd? The good and bad of Owls’ loan rangers

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The capture of Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea has caused a stir of excitement amongst Sheffield Wednesday fans, with many hailing the signing as having the potential to be among the best that the Owls have brought in on a short term basis.

Should that be the case, then the 19 year old midfielder has some fierce competition. On the other hand, he couldn’t be any worse than some others who have briefly pulled on the blue and white shirt.

Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing from Chelsea Lewis Baker

Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing from Chelsea Lewis Baker

Here’s a look at some of the good and the bad of Sheffield Wednesday loanees

THE GOOD

Ross Barkley - Superb during his time at Hillsborough and those who watched him during that time in late 2012 will have been in no doubt as to how good he could be. Scored four goals including a double in a 3-0 away win at Ipswich.

Connor Wickham - One of the best short spells. First arrived for a month in February 2013 and made six appearances, scoring the winner against Leicester in his last. The forward was then back in November the same year and really showed his class then by scoring eight goals in 11 games, including one in that 6-0 win over Leeds, whom he would later also go on loan to.

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool........Owls Connor Wickham celebrates his goal

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool........Owls Connor Wickham celebrates his goal

Kenwyne Jones - Long before Jones would wrack up £14million in transfer fees the then Southampton striker was sent on loan to Hillsborough, at the time in League One. The Trinidad and Tobago international made his debut against Doncaster, scoring in a 4-0 win and then found the next in each of his next six games including a double against Wrexham. The only one he didn’t score in was his last, in a draw against Bournemouth, before heading back to the Saints in January.

Scott Carson - Brought in from Liverpool, the keeper’s displays are widely regarded as being the reason why Wednesday escaped the drop in 2006. Five clean sheets in nine games towards the end of that season and in particular a stunning display in a 3-1 win over Wolves means the stopper is still highly thought of in S6.

Ben Marshall - It’s hard to fathom how a player can remain so loved after spending a short period at a club but that’s exactly how Wednesday fans feel about Ben Marshall. Each and every transfer window there’s a wistful, nostalgic thought back to when the winger tormented defences during a six month spell in 2011-12. Scored five goals in 22 appearances

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3/1/05    Kenwyne Jones of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring  Wednesday's second goal against Wrexham bat Hillsborough.

3/1/05 Kenwyne Jones of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates scoring Wednesday's second goal against Wrexham bat Hillsborough.

Stuart Gray’s delight at signing Lewis Baker

THE BAD

Brad Jones - Arrived in 2006 gave away penalties in successive games, was sent off against Leeds and then performed so poorly against QPR that Owls fans pelted him with coins. Not a good spell.

Warren Feeney - Signed by Brian Laws, who was subsequently sacked, the Northern Ireland international came in for a month, played 13 minutes against Reading and was packed off back to Cardiff very quickly.

Jay Bothroyd - 14 times he played for Wednesday in the 2012-13 season. He scored one goal. One.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher - Perhaps a little harsh this one. Owls fans were desperate for a signing, a striker. GTF came to Hillsborough from Leicester unfit and looking exactly that. Four appearances, two from the bench and barely a shot never mind a goal. A month was probably enough.

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