Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore reveals why he signed former Cardiff City star Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will bring ‘something completely different’ to Sheffield Wednesday, according to Darren Moore, who confirmed the Owls beat another League One club to his signature.

Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 10:50 pm

The 29-year-old former Cardiff City and Middlesbrough winger officially joined the club on Monday to become Moore’s fifteenth signing of the 2021/22 season.

He was left out of the squad for the 2-1 win over MK Dons despite being available for selection, but will come into consideration for Saturday’s clash at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will bring ‘something completely different’ to Sheffield Wednesday, according to Darren Moore, who confirmed the Owls beat another League One club to his signature.

“He could have figured today but we wanted to see where he’s at,” said Moore.

"Physically, he’s ready to go and that’s why we've signed him. He’s ready to go now.

"He’s ready to start so as of Saturday he’ll be available for us and ready for the squad so we’ll look at him over the next couple of days and how he is in training.”

Mendez-Laing, who has Premier League experience, has not played competitively since his last appearance for Boro in April.

"I thought it was right to bring him in because with his experience and his know-how it gives us something completely different in those attacking areas,” Moore added.

"To have him with us is excellent. We fought off another League One competitor to sign him, so I’m really delighted he’s chosen to come here.

"You want to keep that power, that speed and that threat at the top end of the pitch. With this team, because of how we play, the most demand comes from the top end of the pitch. When you are getting three-game weeks in seven days it’s good to have that quality at your disposal.”