SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s goalscoring central defender Miguel Llera is out to show his worth to his former club Blackpool when they visit Hillsborough tomorrow.
It will be the first time the defender has faced the Seasiders since they let him join the Owls last season after his lack of opportunity at Bloomfield Road.
Llera, who netted his third goal of this season in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Peterborough, believes that he was never given a chance to show what he can do at Blackpool after they signed him in the summer of last year.
His only appearance for them was as a sub against Wednesday in the League Cup.
“I didn’t have too much luck there,” he said. “I had a problem with my deal: when I signed in the summer I couldn’t play in any friendlies, and if I didn’t play in any friendlies it was impossible for me to start the season playing. For that reason I left for Brentford on loan and I showed the people I could play; the good thing then was I signed here, and I am so happy.”
Llera joined the Owls initially on loan from Blackpool last November and then on a free transfer in January. He did not play in either of the FA Cup matches against the Seasiders but played an important part in the promotion campaign and scored four goals during the run-in.
The defender says of his latest scoring feat: “Who scores is not important. The most important thing is that the results are coming; we need some more to lift us from the bottom. I think the fans will see a better team playing with more confidence; I think we can stay in a better position in the table.”
But he feels that the slow start against Peterborough was the team’s own fault: “We let the tempo down. We know that one key to winning is keeping a high tempo. It is something we must improve on for the next game.”
Blackpool caretaker-boss Steve Thompson hopes tomorrow’s game will strengthen his claim for the job permanently after Ian Holloway quit for Crystal Palace before Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Derby.