Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ponder new loan signing

Connor Wickham has returned to Sunderland after his Hillsborough loan
Connor Wickham has returned to Sunderland after his Hillsborough loan
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DAVE Jones will consider a fresh move into the loan market after the exit of Connor Wickham.

But the striker’s return to Sunderland may have prevented a selection headache for the Wednesday boss ahead of tomorrow’s clash with leaders Cardiff.

If Jones had stuck with the 4-3-3 system that succeeded at Leicester last week then it probably would have meant him having to leave out Wickham, who was a goal-scoring sub, or his fellow striker Leroy Lita, who has scored three goals in eight appearances.

A change to 4-4-2 could have accommodated Wickham and Lita but that would have meant changing a formation that not only beat Leicester but caused problems for another top-six side, Watford, and in which Jones prefers pacy duo Michail Antonio and Jeremy Helan as the wide forwards.

But Jones looks set to think about another loan striker signing before the March 28 deadline.

He says: “We’re always on the look-out and trying to improve the squad; it’s just a question of whether we can get the players.”

Jones confirmed that there will be no recall of Chris O’Grady from his loan at Barnsley and he cannot play in the Easter Saturday clash between the clubs.

The Wednesday boss has indicated that he would welcome a chance to borrow Wickham again in future but that seems improbable this season. It is not likely that Sunderland will want him back only for the one game that they have before the loan deadline.