Former Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has claimed that Sheffield Wednesday loanee Aden Flint can be an important addition to Garry Monk’s side.
The 31-year-old completed a deadline day move to Hillsborough from Cardiff City last week, and made his second appearance for his new club in the 2-1 defeat to Brentford on Wednesday evening.
Flint played under Johnson during his time at Ashton Gate, before signing for Middlesbrough in 2018 for a fee of just over £7 million.
The centre-back joined the Bluebirds just 12 months later, but struggled to make an impact in the second half of last season, with his last Championship outing for his parent club coming on New Year’s Day.
Johnson fully believes that he has plenty to offer Wednesday, however, and highlighted his considerable goalscoring threat as well as his defensive presence.
When asked what Flint would be hoping to gain from his time in Sheffield during Sky Sports’ coverage of last night’s match, the pundit said: “A bit of stability in team selection, that’s for sure. He had a good player he was up against in [Sean] Morrison at Cardiff.
“For a centre-half to have 52 goals is unbelievable. You have to use that, you have to get the best out of him in that sense.
“He’s a quirky character, a lovely lad, and always a lively one in and around the dressing room.
“If you can get him onside, he’s such a weapon in terms of set-plays - both in your own box, but obviously more importantly, in the opposition’s box. I’m really interested to see how he settles into this side.”
Flint made his debut for Wednesday in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Birmingham City, just one day after putting pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at Hillsborough until the end of the season.
That clean sheet was the third that Monk’s men have kept in the Championship already this term as they look to eat into the 12-point deduction that has left them rooted to to the foot of the table.
Next up for Flint and Co. is a big home game against Luton Town on Saturday as they seek to finally bring to an end their long winless streak at home.