Go back to get ahead, Sheffield Wednesday’s JJ is told

Lessons in defence: Gary Megson has advice for Jermaine Johnson
Lessons in defence: Gary Megson has advice for Jermaine Johnson
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GARY Megson is urging Jermaine Johnson to push his career forward by taking some steps back.

The Owls manager believes that the winger can be even more of an attacking threat if he also concentrates more on his defensive duties.

Megson feels that when JJ drops back, he can also receive the ball in deeper positions, so has more room in which to launch forward runs.

It seems that the winger is at his most effective when playing on the same side of the pitch as the technical area and within earshot as his boss dishes out orders.

Megson explained: “I’ve spoken to JJ about it....he’s capable of winning games single-handed, but the stuff he does when he’s on the far side from me is capable of causing us problems. He has to use his talent and the threat that he poses to other teams within the framework of our team.”

The Owls chief cites the last game of the season, against Exeter, as an example.

“When he was in front of me, defensively were we solid; they didn’t get near us.

“I’ve said to him that when I’m telling him ‘back, across’, he does it, so defensively he was better in the first half.

“I also asked him how many shots he had in the first half. He scored, he went close, he got though a few times, and he looked a huge threat.

“When he was on the opposite side from me, there were no shots, he posed no threat, from an area that he thinks is a more attacking area. It’s not.

“You drop, so you have a bit more room on the ball, then you can get running at people. But whether the penny is going to drop, I don’t know.”

The Owls are making a contract offer to Johnson as his current deal gets set to run out.

Wednesday are holding an open day on Sunday, July 17. Fans will be able to watch the team train, get autographs and take photographs. There will also be other activities.

Next season’s new home kit will be unveiled and will be on sale in the club shop. More details about the open day will be announced later.