“He’s a different person…” – What Garry Monk had to say about Sheffield Wednesday’s Matt Penney

Garry Monk has said that in normal circumstances some of the current Sheffield Wednesday players would be sent out on loan, and he’s used Matt Penney’s situation to explain why…

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 12:30 pm

It was reported earlier in the week that there may still be outgoings from the Owls depending on who ends up coming through the door, and Monk has now spoken of the benefits of heading out elsewhere with regards to player development.

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He told the media today, “You see a big difference when players go on loan… You see a huge difference in them as people, not just on the football side of it.

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“They grow up quick, they go to an environment where you’re playing with guys in the changing room who are playing for something. They have to get their win bonus to pay the bill, it’s a totally different world.”

And to back up his point, the Wednesday boss spoke of Penney specifically following his loan to St. Pauli in Germany, saying, “I already see that with Matt Penney, I see that with him… Having that loan last season, especially going abroad and doing it out of your comfort zone, he’s a different person.

“He’s not just a different footballer, he’s a different person. It helps him grow up and understand what it is to be in the first team.”

Penney won Man of the Match in his first game back for the Owls as they knocked Walsall out of the Carabao Cup and was rewarded with a start against Cardiff City – now he’ll be hoping to secure his spot back in the XI again this weekend against Watford.

Matt Penney has benefitted from his loan move away from Sheffield Wednesday. (Pic Steve Ellis)

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