Joey Pelupessy reveals what Darren Moore has asked of him as the clock ticks on his Sheffield Wednesday contract
Joey Pelupessy is a man who divides opinion, but even his harshest critics would struggle to criticise the part he played in Saturday’s victory over Barnsley.
The 27-year-old midfielder was pivotal for the Owls as they saw off an in-form Tykes side with a 2-1 victory at Oakwell, keeping Alex Mowatt quiet in a win that gave their survival hopes a bit of a boost.
Wednesday picked up four points from a possible six going into the current international break, and Pelupessy – who will see his current deal expire at the end of the season – admits that he feels Darren Moore is utilising his strengths.
When asked what role Moore was asking him to play, the Dutch midfielder said, “At the moment he wants me in the number six position in front of the defence, like you saw in the game against Barnsley.
“He wants me control the game as a holding player – of course I can get the ball and play it to my teammates, but it’s important to get me in front of the defence and keep the control - that’s one of my strengths, so I feel good in that role.”
The Wednesday man also spoke of his own form and the attitude that he tries to bring to the current setup, although conceded that he’d hoped to beat Huddersfield Town.
Pelupessy went on to say, “I’m feeling good, feeling strong… I was hoping for six points from the last two games, but four is good, and if I have an important role in that it makes me more happy. I’m doing everything for the team, I work hard every day and hopefully it comes out more in the last games…
“We need positive vibes and positive vibes… That’s what I try to bring every day, and I think the lads appreciate that. So I’ll keep going.”
The Owls have just under a week before they return to action against Watford on Good Friday, and Pelupessy will be hoping that he did enough in Barnsley and over the international break to secure another start at Vicarage Road.