Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire earns Owls praise

Chris Maguire scores against Leeds with a free kick, watched by Connor Wckham
Chris Maguire scores against Leeds with a free kick, watched by Connor Wckham
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Chris Maguire will probably never know for sure why Dave Jones bought him and then mostly refused to play him.

It is understood that the former Wednesday manager judged the striker was not making enough of an impact after his £200,000 arrival from Derby in the summer of 2012.

Maguire has now let his football do his talking with his four goals in five games - part of a six-match run that has been his longest since his arrival at Hillsborough.

His contribution has been appreciated by colleagues.

David Prutton told The Star: “He’s done great. He hasn’t had the greatest of times here. I was chatting to him once and I never realised he hadn’t played more than two consecutive games in all the time he had been here.

“He wanted to try and build a career here and would have wanted to get a run of games under his belt, so it must have been mystifying for him.

“Football is a game of opinions. It is the same as me going on loan to Scunthorpe and being seen in a different light when you come back. It was the same with Chris when he went on loan (to Coventry).

“When you come back after a loan spell, the talk has got to stop and you’ve got to perform and show why you have been walking around like a bear with a sore head because you haven’t been in the team, and show why you deserve to be playing, and Chris has done that.”

Maguire’s confidence has blossomed now that he has been given an extended chance by Stuart Gray: “I’m trying things now that I probably wouldn’t have tried at one time,” he told The Star, looking forward to Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Rochdale. “I just happy to get a run in the team.

“It was a good point at Burnley, where a lot of teams haven’t got anything.

“I know Rochdale beat Leeds in the last round and they’ll be up for it; they’ll think they can take another Championship club down. But we’re on a good run. If we play like we have been doing, I think we should win.”