Sheffield Wednesday: Who the Owls could let leave on loan in January
Penney starred at Hillsborough yesterday, notching a double in the development squad’s impressive victory over Birmingham City.
The 19-year-old, who spent time on loan at League One side Bradford City last season, making one substitute appearance, sparkled in their fine 4-1 win. Daniel Pudil and Bulgarian Under-19 international Preslav Borukov, who also stood out, completed the rout.
Thompson told The Star: “Matt is at that age where he needs to go out and play that is for sure.
“Whether that happens after Christmas or next season, we will have to wait and see but he has certainly shown a lot of potential as have one or two others.”
After opening the scoring direct from a corner in the fourth minute, Penney was denied a second by the agility of Jacob Weaver.
Wednesday, featuring first-team trio Pudil, Jacob Butterfield and Marco Matias, doubled their lead in the 55th minute. Pudil lashed home after lovely play by Butterfield and Matias.
Penney slotted in his second from the penalty spot and Borukov added a fourth after a great solo run. Birmingham’s Kyle McFarlane netted a late consolation from the spot.
Victory over the Blues moved the Owls back up to first position in the Professional Development League Two North table.
But Thompson warned: “There is a long way to go yet. It was nice to get a good performance and a good result.
“The three senior players put a real good shift in and so did the young lads.”
Owls: Dawson; Baker, Nielsen, Williams, Pudil (Waldock 61); Matias (Prestkon 61), Murphy, Butterfield, Penney; Borukov (Kirby 84), Clarke. Substitutes: Wallis, Shaw.