Numbers game as Gary Pilots the way forward

Praises sung: Jose Semedo has a song dedicated to him by fans
Praises sung: Jose Semedo has a song dedicated to him by fans
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WITH Wednesday fans singing the praises of Jose Semedo, it brought to mind another tune.

“Oh, oh, oh he’s magic, you know, you’ll never get past Semedo,” goes the one belted out by the supporters - most loudly voiced amid the joyful mood of the win at Tranmere.

It’s sung to the tune of the 1974 hit Magic, by pop band Pilot. Full marks for originality to whoever dreamed up the new version.

Pilot had a bigger hit, a No 1, early the following year called January, which goes “January, sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me,”

The Owls will aim for full health rather than sickness in the month of the next transfer window.

Megson has described it as an absolutely vital time.

That’s because it will be a chance for the club to hone their squad for the final stages of the promotion stakes and reduce the current dependence on loan players, with an greater emphasis on properly signed up Sheffield Wednesday players preferable.

Recent activity has resulted in one of the most fascinating selection issues I can recall.

It’s not likely to be a headache for the manager, who probably knows already what he is going to do.

But how do you decide who to leave out against Leyton Orient tomorrow, when only five of the six loan players in the first team squad can be in the match 16.

Keeper Stephen Bywater has been a big influence ever snce his arrival from Derby, with his experience, all-round game and communication with the back four. His shot stopping has been good, though he has not had a lot to do.

James Tavernier is more of a right-back than Liam Palmer, who stood in for the injured Lewis Buxton last Saturday but is really a midfielder player. Tavernier looked strong going forward and defending when he played for Carlisle against the Owls recently and showed shooting power.

Miguel Llera is a commanding centre-half, judging by his performance for Brentford at Hillsborough, so seems just the man to replace the suspended Rob Jones.

Ben Marshall must play - the winger has been the team’s star player.

Danny Batth has been solid and reliable alongside Jones.

Sanchez Watt, signed because of Gary Madine’s injury, brings pace out wide or up front and has had the experience of playing for Leeds though he’s only 20.

So, really, the Owls could do with all six being in the side. But that is impossible.

I am tempted to think that Watt, from Arsenal, could be the one to miss out initially, partly because Chris O’Grady is an on-form regular and Ryan Lowe scored and shone as a sub at Tranmere.

On the other hand, when Premier League clubs lend players, they usually do so on the understanding that they will play.

Further complications lie ahead, with the Owls in the FA Cup, and Bywater and Marshall ineligible.

Megson, yet to divulge the Cup status of the three latest signings, says that Cup eligibility will not influence his selection tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what he does.