Mayor campaigning to earn boss Dave’s vote

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HOW long will it be before Danny Mayor makes his Wednesday debut?

Dave Jones has shown that he is not afraid of blooding young talent.

Mayor has been making a favourable impression behind the scenes and scored in the reserves’ game against Huddersfield on Tuesday.

A first outing in the first team may not be too far distant for the winger or midfield player who first needed to build up his fitness after his signing from Preston in August, as he had not done much of a pre-season because of his contractual situation at Deepdale.

Owls fans have seen very little of him, and he has just made a few appearances as a sub, but insiders rate him as a very promising young player. He turned 22 last month.

Dave Jones was pleased with Mayor’s performance against Huddersfield on Tuesday.

Rhys McCabe and Paul Corry are others among Hillsborough’s young set, and they have already made their mark, as has Ross Barkley, but of course he will be going back to Everton sooner or later.

The Owls squad looks certain to be subject to some change by 5pm next Thursday when the Football League’s deadline for emergency loans passes.

It has not been easy for Jones to manoeuvre a striker signing.

You can get always players of some sort, but landing someone who is going to improve the Wednesday team and score goals in the Championship and is available and affordable is not easy at this time of year.

Some clubs will be waiting for the January merry-go-round before deciding what they are going to do.

Chris O’Grady’s foot injury is a complication that the Owls could have done without, and it leaves them two down for the time being in the striker department, with Chris Maguire already sidelined by a knee problem.

Maguire was on the brink of joining Portsmouth on loan when misfortune struck, and I understand that O’Grady might well have fulfilled Barnsley’s wish of borrowing him had it not been for his injury.

A strong link between Gary Madine and Swindon - until he was called up for the game at Middlesbrough and scored - also formed part of the evidence that suggests Jones was giving a firm pointer last week when he said that he may have to try to bring in someone to score goals, and this would mean somebody having to go, as you cannot just keeping adding to a squad.

Temporarily, the Owls are down to three of their recognised five strikers: Madine, Jay Bothroyd and Rodri, but Bothroyd has been playing with some success on the right side of midfield, and if he stays there then Madine looks the only candidate for the role of sole central striker in the present system - unless of course someone comes in.

Rodri is more the type who plays alongside or behind someone: he and Jermaine Johnson started as the front two in the reserve game.

Jones could always revert from 4-1-4-1 to 4-4-2, with two strikers and two wingers, but the reason he changed in the first place was because that was not really working.