Where Darren Moore sees Callum Paterson's Sheffield Wednesday future

Sheffield Wednesday top scorer Callum Paterson had a night to forget at Hillsborough in midweek.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 4:10 pm

Though he was far from alone, the Scotland international spurned a number of chances in the Owls’ vital relegation clash with Rotherham United, which saw the visitors grab a 97th-minute winner to leave Wednesday’s survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Asked about Paterson’s performance, new Owls boss Darren Moore jumped to his defence.

“I'm hoping that Callum can see he's going to get chances and that's a great thing for him,” Moore said. “He had some chances tonight.

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Callum Paterson is Sheffield Wednesday's top goalscorer this season.

“We spoke about him playing as a number nine. I said to him 'come on', a striker wants to feel the back of the net and get those chances. That's where he is. He's be a huge player for us. The more chances he gets, I'm sure he'll score more goals and that's the main thing.”

Wednesday remain the lowest scorers in the Championship with just 24 goals in their 33 matches and have a seven point deficit to make up in their remaining matches if they are to stay up.

Moore said he was happy with the Scot’s performance and that he’ll be continuing to play as a striker going forward.

He said: “He played well tonight, Callum. He was a real target man for us and a link player. He brought a lot of players into it and got us up the pitch. He can be pleased with his performance, obviously he'll probably feel he could have got a goal tonight but his performance was there.

“I see him as an out-and-out striker. Callum will be fine for us.”

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