Sheffield Wednesday: Jones seeks Fryatt tonic

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday....Owls Matty Fryatt
Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday....Owls Matty Fryatt
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Dave Jones hopes that Matty Fryatt will finish with a flourish at Barnsley tomorrow but that this will not be the last the Owls see of him.

The striker from Hull City has recovered from his illness and plays the final game of his one-month loan in the Oakwell derby.

Owls boss Jones is making out a case for him to stay longer - believing that it would benefit all parties.

Wednesday’s attack has been sharpened by him, he is getting the matchplay for which he yearned, and Hull are achieving their objective of seeing him start to regain full fitness.

Jones believes that Fryatt’s short spell at Hillsborough has not been quite enough for him to hit his best form - but he is approaching it.

“I think a fit and sharp Matty with more games under his belt would probably have put away more of the chances he’s had. He’s getting there. It’s just that final touch now,” said Jones.

“But he’s still looked bright and sharp. He’s a composed finisher. He knows where the back of the net is - that’s why he was brought here.

“He’s ok now and has trained hard.”

The striker had to be taken off at Bolton after feeling unwell.

Jones will speak to Fryatt, chairman Milan Mandaric and Hull boss Steve Bruce about what happens next, when tomorrow’s game is out of the way.

The Owls manager also said: “I’d like to keep him. We want to keep all good players. It’s important.”

Fryatt has scored one goal for Wednesday but they hope he can contribute to a breakthrough win tomorrow and go on from there.

Jones will want to find out whether the player wants to stay and whether or not Hull want him back.

The Owls chief refused to confirm or deny whether Seyi Olofinjana, who has been training at Middlewood, is the defensive midfield addition that the club have in mind.