JAY Bothroyd is a match-winner with a special talent, says Owls left back Daniel Jones.
The defender has seen enough of the striker to make that judgement, for they were at Wolves together.
Jones was an up-and-coming youngster, Bothroyd a member of the first-team squad.
“He can be special,” said the left-back who could make the 100th League start of his career at Molineux today in the same side as Bothroyd.
“He’s got that touch of class, and everything in his locker,” added Jones.
“He can do something out of the ordinary. Once when we were drawing 0-0 he shot from 35 yards and it flew into the top corner.
“I’ve seen him do things like that that are out of the ordinary.
“He’s got that natural ability; he’s a match-winner.”
Jones was on Wolves’ books from the age of nine and joined the Owls two years ago.
He keeps in touch with Molineux players Wayne Hennessey and Danny Batth - who was at Hillsborough on loan last season - and some of the younger players but most of the people that he knew have left, including Dave Jones.
“When he was manager I was 16 or 17 and trained with the first team a couple of times. I broke my leg and when I got fit he wasn’t the manager,” he said.
Daniel was born and bred in the Midlands, comes from a family of Wolves fans and makes no bones about his affiliation with Wolves.
“It’s special for me, this game. I joined them when I was nine. I’ve never played against them before.
“I’m looking forward to going back and, if I’m playing,
showing what I can do and what they’ve missed.
“I’ve always been a Wolves supporter but that goes out of the window now: I’m a Sheffield Wednesday player and I want a win. It would be nice if we can kick-start ourselves.”
Jones made nine first-team starts in the league for his old club and one appearance as a sub. He also played in a League Cup tie.
His career tally includes loan spells with Northampton, Oldham, Notts County and Bristol Rovers. 16 of his league starts have been for Wednesday - a total that reflects some bad luck with injuries. He has also played in 12 other games for the Owls and made 15 appearances as a sub in the league and cups.
Bothroyd spent two years with Wolves from 2006 and was bought by Dave Jones for Cardiff for £350,000.
The striker made 32 starts in the League for the Molineux club plus 23 appearances as a sub, and scored 12 goals. It was under Dave Jones at Cardiff where his career took off and led to him earning an England cap.
Bothroyd is set to return to the Owls side today if he is fit after going off with a knee injury in last week’s defeat by Bolton and missing the cup-tie at Southampton.
Wednesday sold their allocation of 2,900 tickets for Molineux a fortnight ago.
Dave Jones said: “If there’s one aspect of this club you can never complain about, it’s the supporters. They have been superb. We can always rely on them and we want them to stay behind us.”