Date:Wednesday March 8 2006
With the Owls netting just THREE goals in the last EIGHT games, you'd have thought a striker would be a top priority for Paul Sturrock in the battle against relegation.
Sturrock has brought in Deon Burton, Marcus Tudgay, and Leon best in the last two months but none of the players have been able to change the fortunes of the Owls - who are getting closer and closer to the relegation zone. In fact those three have scored just ONE goal between them in the two months they've been at Hillsborough.
So why has Paul Sturrock let striker David Graham go on loan to League One outfit Huddersfield Town, after signing the former Torquay man from Wigan earlier this season? Graham certainly wasn't pulling up and trees at S6, but at times showed on the pitch what his goal scoring record at senior level shows on paper - he's a natural finisher.
Since moving to the West Yorkshire club Graham has bagged five goals in seven games and helped Town to second in the League One table. Although he's now at a lower level it's clear all he was lacking was confidence.
Town manager Peter Jackson told the Yorkshire post: ''He struck up an understanding with Andy Booth quickly and they both seem to be enjoying their football. It is not just his goals that have helped us, either, with his all-round play being excellent.
He continued: ''He is strong, holds the ball up well and uses his experience to bring other players into the game. He has done well and the great thing is I feel he can play even better. I have told him that.
We interviewed Huddersfield fan Chris, to see what the fans think of the progress of Graham at the Galpharm:
1. How has Graham done since his loan move?
He's done superbly since his move here. I was a bit dubious when we bought him after hearing some of the things the Wednesday fans were saying, but five goals in seven games speaks for itsef, not to mention the goals he's set up too. He's keeping Pav out of the team!
2. What strengths has he brought to the side?
Well as his stats show he's an excellent finisher. He also has a footballing brain in that he may not be the faster player on the park but he makes up for that in the decisions he makes in his head - always a second or so in front of the opposition. He's also got an excellent touch.
3. What weaknesses, if any, have you seen in him?
No weaknesses so far! Only thing is that he seems to drift out of games towards the end of the game, not sure what his fitness is like exactly but he does work his socks off! And by then he's usually bagged a goal and selaed the match anyway! Jacko doesn't seem to think he'll partner Pav either, so he's keeping him out the side!
4. What have his goals been like?
There's been a variation really. I expected him to be a goal poacher, but he's put in the effort and has got a couple of long range efforts to his name. Also scored some scruffy goals by being in the right place at the right time but that's what all good strikers do.
5. Are Town hoping to keep him permanently, and if so would this be welcomed among the town fans?
Well Jacko told him that if h scores 15 goals then he'll earn himself a contract with is. Bit optimistic asking for 15 goals in just half a season but it looks like he's well on to that! Don't know if you'll sell though with your problems and you've only just signed him, hopefully you will! All Town fans would love him to stay for sure!
So it looks like Graham is making quite an impact down at the Galpharm stadium, and with him being there until the end of the season he could yet find some success from this season by earning Huddersfield promotion to the Champioship. Who knows, if Wednesday want to sell he could be lining up against us next season, and we all know how former players do on their return to Hillsborough!
Date:Wednesday March 8 2006
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