GARY Megson is enthusing over the arrival of Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt - but reluctantly grappling with the problems of suspension threats, injuries and the loan rules.
The Owls manager is pleased that the Gunners have allowed Watt to move to Hillsborough until January 16 ahead of today’s 5pm loan deadline.
But he becomes the sixth loan player in the regular first-team squad, joining Stephen Bywater, James Tavernier, Miguel Llera, Ben Marshall and Danny Batth, and only five can be in the 16 for the match against Leyton Orient.
Rob Jones is suspended on Saturday, Lewis Buxton and Gary Madine are injured, and Batth, Clinton Morrison and Giles Coke are each one booking away from a one-match ban.
Megson admitted: “We have issues at the moment. I’ve never had so many loan players all at one time, but getting them in is the right thing to do for Wednesday.
“We’re dealing with problems to try to make us stronger in the short term and aiming not to be in this position again in the longer-term.”
He is not saying which of the loan men will miss out this Saturday: “I’m going to have word with the players, It won’t be a personal thing. It won’t be down to form.”
Explaining the signing of 20-year-old Sanchez, he said: “Gary Madine’s injury left us down to three strikers - I’d work with that but we needed another one in case something else went wrong after the loan deadline.
“Sanchez is quick. He gives is something a bit different to the others, and hopefully he’ll do well for us.
“I’m really pleased with the three we’ve brought in [Watt, right back James Tavernier and centre half Miguel Llera].
“Arsenal have a fantastic youth programme and loan young players out to get experience. It’s hard to break into first teams like theirs.
“Jack Wilshere did it, albeit to Bolton in the Premier League; David Beckham went to Preston. Many players who go on to become top players have been on loan somewhere as part of their education.
“We’re really pleased that Sanchez has come to us.”
Watt, who can play up front or out wide, has also had two spells at Leeds, and an earlier one at Southend.
After news broke that he was about to join the Owls, fans expressed their approval via the internet.
Appreciative, he wrote on Twitter: “Supports sending me love before I signed...that’s craaazyy!”