Sheffield Wednesday: Man Utd link is Owls compliment

Premier target?: Hayden White, left, is said to be under scrutiny
Premier target?: Hayden White, left, is said to be under scrutiny
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DAVE Jones is pleased with the progress of Wednesday youngsters - and relaxed about claims that Manchester United could be planning a move for right back Hayden White.

White, aged 17, has also been linked with Spurs, West Brom and Wigan but the Owls boss told The Star: “There have been no approaches by anyone.”

Premier League clubs regularly monitor under 21 games at Championship outfits.

White has played at this level though he is still in the academy and young enough to be in the under 18s; the Owls believe that he has potential.

He was a winger but at the start of the season was converted to right back where his pace remains an asset.

The teenager is among those players who are coming towards the end of their scholarships, and Wednesday will soon have to decide whether they are to be offered professional contracts.

White is not alone in being “under age” for the development squad: other academy members have played for the Under 21s, some even younger than him.

Wednesday will regard the speculation involving Manchester United and one of their players as a compliment to their youth set-up.

Jones was certainly pleased with the Under 21s’ last two results: a 5-1 win against Crewe at Middlewood last Saturday and a 2-1 away victory against Premier League club Wigan.

The Owls boss said: “The youngsters are doing quite well. They battered Wigan, and the Crewe result went down well because they beat us 4-1 at their place. The results show how the kids are coming on.”

The wins for coach Lee Bullen’s squad followed a 2-2 away draw with Sheffield United, which came after a lean spell and some inconsistency to which the youthfulness of the team contributed.

One of Jones’ aims is to sustain a production line of young talent - but of course it is the fight to stay in the Championship that is the current priority.

Huddersfield’s 1-0 defeat at Bolton on Tuesday was a good result for the Owls; Peterborough picked up a 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough and stretched their unbeaten run to seven games but remain in the bottom three along with the Terriers.

The Owls have a game in hand on Huddersfield, Peterborough and bottom club Bristol City.

Terriers boss and former Wednesday player Mark Robins said: “I’m frustrated we didn’t pick up at least a point, but I have to say I am proud of the players.

“They gave everything, passed the ball well, kept the ball well and created chance after chance.

“One mistake cost us but if we perform like that between now and the end of the season, I can’t see a problem.”

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson said: “We weren’t at our best, particularly in the first half when we failed to retain the ball, but we dug in to get something out of the game.

“We’ll find out at the end of the season whether or not it is a good point, but what it does do is keep our best run of the season going.”

Posh and Huddersfield meet at the John Smith’s Stadium - formerly the Galpharm Stadium - on Saturday, while Bristol City face Burnley away, and Wednesday take on sixth-from-bottom Blackburn.

The Owls can take some comfort from the fact that if they put together a winning run then they cannot be caught by the rivals below them. A win on Saturday would take them above Blackburn,