Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay on the prospect of Keiren Westwood recall

Jos Luhukay has dismissed the prospect of bringing Keiren Westwood back into the first-team fold, insisting Owls academy graduate Cameron Dawson has his "100 per cent" backing.

Friday, 21st September 2018, 4:43 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 5:20 am
Keiren Westwood has been frozen out at Wednesday

Republic of Ireland international Westwood has been frozen out at Hillsborough, with Wednesday manager Luhukay putting his trust and faith in Dawson.

Westwoo was a first-team regular under former boss Carlos Carvalhal and featured prominently in the Owls side who reached back-to-back play-offs.

But the 33-year-old, whose Wednesday contract expires next summer, has not featured since pre-season, with Luhukay turning to Dawson.

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Despite Dawson's best efforts, the Owls are still searching for their first Championship clean sheet.

Some Wednesdayites on social media, in the aftermath of the team's below-par performance and result at Nottingham Forest in midweek, have called for Westwood to be recalled.

Speaking at his press briefing this lunchtime, Luhukay said: "It is not a discussion or problem that we have. We are 100 per cent behind Cammy. It is not for us a discussion."

Keiren Westwood has been frozen out at Wednesday

The Dutchman has been pleased with Dawson's contribution, saying he played a big part in keeping the Owls in matches. He cited the recent clashes with Stoke City and Nottingham Forest as examples.

"If Cammy had not been 100 per cent on Saturday, we would have lost the game four or 5-1," said Luhukay. "We would not have come back at the end. 

"Cammy was the person to keep us in the game. Barry made a brilliant free kick but in the first half it could have been three or five nil to Stoke.

"Last Wednesday, the same situation. First half stability. In the second half, we were too open and Cammy kept us in the game. He had two, three, four moments where Forest could have scored."

As far as Luhukay is concerned, the protection in front of Dawson must improve if Wednesday are to shore things up defensively.

He stated: "The players on the field must do a better job. At the end, Cammy tried to hold what was coming through him.

"He is not the player who has made the mistakes in the last two games. 

"It is why we stay behind our team but also in this situation behind Cammy."