Sheffield Wednesday youngster handed first-team debut in FA Cup tie with Brighton & Hove Albion

Promising defender Osaze Urhoghide has been handed a surprise debut for Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup third round clash at Brighton and Hove Albion this afternoon.
Defender Osaze Urhoghide. Picture Scott MerryleesDefender Osaze Urhoghide. Picture Scott Merrylees
Defender Osaze Urhoghide. Picture Scott Merrylees

Urhoghide, who moved to Hillsborough on a free transfer last summer following the expiry of his AFC Wimbledon deal, is one of six changes made by Owls manager Garry Monk.

The 19-year-old, a centre-half by trade, is expected to line up at right-back. Urhoghide has featured regularly for the Owls' development squad this season, operating in both his favoured centre-half role as well as full-back.

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Midfielders Kieran Lee, Massimo Luongo and Joey Pelupessy return to the starting XI and there are also recalls for Jacob Murphy and top-scorer Steven Fletcher.

Wednesday are winless in 20 FA Cup matches against Premier League opponents (D6 L14) since winning 2-1 against Sheffield United in the 1992-93 semi-final.

Owls: Dawson; Urhoghide, Borner, Iorfa, Fox; Lee, Luongo, Pelupessy, Reach; Murphy, Fletcher.