Jacob Murphy injury costs Sheffield Wednesday youngster first-team debut

Garry Monk was seconds away from handing a first team debut to the latest Sheffield Wednesday academy graduate last night before an injury to winger Jacob Murphy prompted a reshuffle.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 5:00 pm

Liam Shaw, 19, was stripped and ready to come off the bench after an hour of Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to Preston North End but had to sit himself back down amid apologies from the Owls coaching staff.

Shaw, a gangly midfielder who gained first team experience whilst out on loan at Chesterfield earlier this year, watched on as Moses Odubajo replaced the injured Murphy.

And speaking to The Star following the defeat, Owls boss Garry Monk explained that Shaw was about to be introduced to add physical presence as North End went more and more direct.

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Liam Shaw cam close to landing a first team debut in Sheffield Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Preston North End. Pic: Isaac Parkin.

“We were just thinking about the more direct play and we thought Shawsy’s size and presence was going to help,” Monk said.

“But then Murph had to come off with his situation and we had to readjust and it changed things, it was more thinking about moving to a physical side of it.

“You could see that they were going more direct and as we were about to make those decisions we then went and conceded the goal and it becomes difficult.

“We weren’t winning those individual battles to maybe give us a bit more height and a bit more physical presence at the back there, but then the goal came and we had to retain a bit more attacking presence on the pitch.”

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