Owls Fans Column: Drenthe comes on a wing and a prayer

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If Amazon received online customer reviews like Royston Drenthe has this week, not many people would be clicking ‘Next Day Delivery’ to buy him.

Everton and Reading fans queued up to criticise his faults and highlight his ‘bad attitude’.

So is he the man to deliver the goods for Wednesday?

Our strikers need better service. Against Nottingham Forest it was clear The Owls were missing a creative midfielder.

Without Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee through the centr e, Giles Coke and Jose Semedo resorted to defensive triangular passes followed by a predictable long punt forward from Glenn Loovens.

Chris Maguire isn’t a winger. Enthusiasm and hard work only go so far. At times, on Saturday, the number 10 appeared to be challenging Darren Potter for his title of ‘most corners into the first man’.

Without quality service Stevie May was left shouting ‘I’m free’ like a hairy John Inman, before he was brushed off another long ball, by an opposition defender.

Atdhe Nuhiu has the power and presence to create some service for May, but there needs to be more.

Enter Royston Drenthe, with his Real Madrid swagger and quest for the right price, he could provide that much needed creativity.

It was on our wish list after all.

Wednesday have become a very well organised and well drilled team under Stuart Gray. The question I would ask is will Royston Drenthe destabilise a seemingly content team?

Only time will tell but if he does turn out to be a faulty acquisition at least he has a return label.