Sheffield Wednesday: Maghoma pressing for Owls spot

Jacques Maghoma is looking strong says manager Dave Jones
Jacques Maghoma is looking strong says manager Dave Jones
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Dave Jones has revealed that summer signing Jacques Maghoma has been stepping up his challenge for an Owls place.

The winger has not even been on the bench for the last two games and was hit by illness last week.

But Jones has been satisfied with his application at Middlewood and praised his recent goal-scoring appearance in an Under 21 game against Crewe.

“Jacques has been doing well,” said the manager.

“Sometimes you bring a player in and it takes a bit longer than you expected for him to settle in and adapt.

“Jacques has certainly been working hard and looking strong, but he’s been ill as well, as a few of our players have been recently.”

Maghoma also suffered through having to miss an important part of pre-season through injury.

Playing up front with Michail Antonio in the first domestic friendly, at Stockport, he suffered ankle damage in a challenge from the goalkeeper that resulted in a penalty.

Maghoma stepped up to the Championship by joining the Owls on a Bosman free from Burton Albion in the summer.

He has started only three games - one in the Capital One Cup and two in the league - and mostly been on the bench.

The newcomer has faced competition from players such as Michail Antonio, Jeremy Helan and Jermaine Johnson, for a wing spot.

He came as someone who could also play up front, but a succession of players have been preferred by Jones in this area - culminating in the current partnership of on-loan duo Matty Fryatt and Connor Wickham.

Maghoma’s last first-team start was at Birmingham in September but he was left out as one of four changes after a 4-1 defeat.

With the Owls’ first team little more than halfway through the international break, the Under 21s take the spotlight tomorrow when they play Leicester in the Premier League Cup, at Loughborough University.