Tony Pulis gives approval amid talk of Sheffield Wednesday discussions for Liam Shaw
Sheffield Wednesday have a number of contracts coming up at the end of the season, and one of them is young Liam Shaw – a player who has jumped up the pecking order since the arrival of Tony Pulis at the club.
Shaw made his eighth appearance of the season in all competitions when he was asked to start in the midfield for the weekend’s clash with Coventry City, making 2020/21 the 19-year-old’s most productive senior year to date after spending a spell on loan with Chesterfield last time out.
The Star reported recently that contact had been made with the teenager with regards to possibly extending his contract at Hillsborough beyond this season, with the club eager to make sure that they don’t risk losing him for free at the end of the campaign.
While the Wednesday manager has previously confirmed that Barry Bannan, Adam Reach and Tom Lees have all been offered new deals by SWFC, he didn’t say for sure if that was the case for Shaw – however did give the idea his blessing.
Speaking to the media after the game, when asked if a new deal had been offered he replied, “If they’ve done that, then good. Because he’s potentially a good player.”
After saying that the youngster was ‘exceptional’ in the first half against Forest, Pulis said after the win over Coventry, “Liam looked a bit leggy right at the end… He’s a young kid coming into a team that’s struggling. He’s not coming into a team that’s fluent and is retaining possession with time to rest, so he’s full out at the minute.”
He’s also had plenty of praise for him in the past, saying, “I think out of the academy players, all the players I’ve seen so far, and it’s only been a month, he’s the one that you look at and you think he could be a real, real asset to the football club. I thought he was very, very good."
Shaw is a product of the Owls’ youth academy having come up through the ranks since joining the club at the tender age of just eight-years-old.