Sheffield Wednesday: Pugh’s wish comes true

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DANNY Pugh got his wish at Leicester City.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones deployed the 30-year-old in central midfield at the King Power Stadium. Jones altered his tactics at Leicester, opting to pack midfield and stifle the Championship high-fliers and play on the counter-attack.

Without the services of Giles Coke due to a foot injury, the Owls chief recalled left-back Reda Johnson, shifting Pugh into the centre alongside Kieran Lee and David Prutton in a 4-3-3 formation as the Owls claimed a priceless 1-0 victory in their battle to avoid the drop.

Although Pugh has also featured at left-back and on the left wing since joining Wednesday on loan from Leeds United, the former Manchester United starlet admits he prefers to play in the middle of the park.

He told The Star: “In the last 10 years, I have never really stayed in one position. It is something that has happened throughout my career.

“I have always been moved around in different positions so I don’t really mind. I would prefer to play central midfield but I don’t mind as long as I am playing.”

Pugh has started eight times since moving to Hillsborough on a temporary basis, with Wednesday winning four of those fixtures and losing just twice. The versatile player is set to remain at the South Yorkshire club until the end of the season but he is keeping tight-lipped over his long-term future.

Pugh, who has also represented Preston North End and Stoke City in his career, is grateful to the Owls for giving him the opportunity to play regular first-team football again.

“I am enjoying my time here,” said Pugh, who reckons Wednesday require 52 points to retain their Championship status. “I think I have settled in quite well. Hopefully we can keep on improving.”

Of his future, he added: “It is just about getting to the end of the season and seeing where it takes us.”

Pugh may retain his midfield slot when table-topping Cardiff City visit Wednesday on Saturday. Jones could keep faith with the same system and personnel who performed so well against the Foxes.

But if Jones does decide to freshen things up, Coke could return for the clash with Cardiff, who beat Wednesday 1-0 in the reverse fixture back in December.

Jone said: “The ligament’s come off the bone, which they tell me is beneficial to him; before, we were trying to maintain it. He might have a chance for Saturday.

“If not, hopefully we’ll get him back after the international break.”