Megson backs JJ to thrive in new Sheffield Wednesday role

Wide boy: Jermaine Johnson would be ideal for the new system.
Wide boy: Jermaine Johnson would be ideal for the new system.
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JERMAINE Johnson would be suited to the 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 system that is being used by the Owls, reckons Gary Megson.

His pace would make him ideal as one of the two wide men supporting striker Gary Madine.

This option may be available before long, with JJ on the mend from the undisclosed illness that has kept him out for four games.

Megson, still abiding by the player’s wish that the nature of the problem be kept confidential, explained: “It’s nothing sinister.

“He’s back in training, albeit light training. He’ll step it up again next week, then we’ll see, from that point. I think the shape we played would be right up his street.

“He’s not available. But he’s getting better.”

Megson virtually ruled out a loan move for striker Benni McCarthy but did not altogether drop interest in his West Ham teammate, left back Herita Ilunga.

He revealed that vice-chairman Paul Aldridge - formerly at Upton Park and with good contacts there - and chairman Milan Mandaric suggested the two players as possibilities.

But Mandaric has told The Star he is happy to let Megson be the judge.

The manager said: “In all transfers it has to suit the clubs but most of all the player. It’s not something that I personally have been progressing.

“Paul has been dealing with it.” He said it did not look as if a deal for McCarthy was on and the reason was not financial.

Megson also said he felt a bit awkward because he had not spoken to Hammers boss Avram Grant, and shouldn’t be talking about his players.

“It’s been happening with people down there other than Avram, and it’s been going through people here other than me.

“I think it’s come about because they have a lot more players than they can get into their 25-man squad.”