Sheffield Wednesday wing ace Kadeem Harris on individual form and getting the Owls' promotion charge back on track
Arriving at Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Cardiff City, Kadeem Harris was honest about his first task at Hillsborough; to become one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Having been thrust into the limelight as a 15-year-old teenager at Wycombe Wanderers, the 26-year-old’s career had stunted a touch as he was limited to a handful of rare starts and cameo appearances under Neil Warnock at the then-Premier League Bluebirds.
Harris turned down five other Championship clubs to join the Owls and has featured in every league game this season.
And while he admitted he was delighted to have ticked off that initial game time goal, he insisted the focus had quickly shifted towards the end goal; a personal return to the top tier and the return of Sheffield Wednesday after two decades.
Harris said: “I am over the moon to have played every game but my main focus is on the team winning.
“If the team is not winning, I am not overly happy.
“Wins are more important than my individual success.”
This season has seen Harris transform the urgency and direction of Wednesday attacks from wide positions.
A tally of three goals and three assists may not compete with the Jarrod Bowens of the league, but the feeling is that his impact at S6 has been felt beyond the numbers.
And with Wednesday sat in eighth position, just two points outside the play-off positions in a congested top-half of the table, the wing ace is confident that the club can get themselves back into the big time.
They enter Saturday’s clash with table-topping Leeds off a horror festive period that saw them lose three games on the spin, but have a new lease of life after their impressive FA Cup win over Premier League Brighton.
Harris said: “I don't think there is much in this league that are better than us or that we can't beat.
“I think everyone can beat each other in the league. It is very close and it just takes that little run of games to change everything.
“We have gone on good runs before and I am sure we can do it again. We can change things very quickly.”