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Can Jeffers Turn 'Fox In The Box'?

Wednesday striker Francis Jeffers goes into Saturday's clash with Swansea City on the back of two goals in two games, and no doubt hoping it's the start of the 'real' Francis Jeffers at Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Everton and Arsenal man has failed to live up to his reputation as a 'fox in the box' since his arrival at Hillsborough from Blackburn Rovers in August 2007.

But two goals in his last two outings in the famous blue and white stripes have rekindled some hope that the tricky frontman has got over his injury setbacks and is ready to kick-on as the 20-plus goals a season man that boss Brian Laws is craving for.

The former Everton youth product can no longer put the blame of failing to find the back of the net down to his injury problems, with Jeffers a rare exception to the recent injury problems at Middlewood Road.

Indeed, after a first horror season at S6 in which he made just a handful of appearances, Jeffers has been eased back into the first team this season and has avoided any further setbacks - touch wood!

But the goals simply haven't been coming.

The 28-year-old has made 26 appearances for Wednesday this season, but has only managed to find the back of the net three times - simply not enough for a player who has undoubted talent and is also, undoubtedly, one of the higher earners at the club.

Different strike partners haven't helped, in fact all of Wednesday's attacking options have failed to settle in to any kind of striking partnership, Marcus Tudgay being the pick of the bunch with 13 league goals to his name this term.

Jeffers is likely to line-up with Tudgay against Swansea this Saturday, desperate to see some kind of consistency in his game, and to see some consistency in his goalscoring, to finish the season on a high.

Can he be that man who's at the top end of the Championship goalscoring charts for Wednesday next season?

He undoubtedly has the talent, Arsene Wenger even spotted that after all, but the question is, does he have the desire to prove his doubters wrong as he enters what are arguably the best years of his footballing career?

Only time will tell, and the Owls' remaining games this season could well determine if Jeffers puts himself forward as the 'main man', the 'fox in the box' for Wednesday in the number nine shirt for next season, and the rest will follow.

Saturday is a big game for the Owls' number nine, that's for sure.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 20 2009

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

if we're gonns challenge top 6 next season we have to get rid of him 3 goals in 26 odd games is nowhere near good enough Jeffers and Sodje are too injury prone one lucky tap in and one penalty doesn't suddenlly wipe away all the chances he's blown the man's had way too many chances and liberties in the summer we should get our losses with Franny and Sodje and bring in at least two new strikers during the summer
WhoNeedsKaka
if we're gonns challenge top 6 next season we have to get rid of him 3 goals in 26 odd games is nowhere near good enough Jeffers and Sodje are too injury prone one lucky tap in and one penalty doesn't suddenlly wipe away all the chances he's blown the man's had way too many chances and liberties in the summer we should get our losses with Franny and Sodje and bring in at least two new strikers during the summer
WhoNeedsKaka
Exactly - but if he continues his form until the end of the season it'll give Laws food for thought
welshyowl
Exactly - but if he continues his form until the end of the season it'll give Laws food for thought
welshyowl
As much as the injury problems frustrate me I disagree. We've added to our coaching and physio staff to help strengthen, condition and heal our players more efficiently. The fundamentals are in place, and if kept fit - which is the reason these measures have been taken - Jeffers and Sodje will be a real threat for the opposition. Let's not overlook Tuggy's goalscoring record this season either, which isn't bad at all given the inconsistancies of the team. I think the future's bright, but if the injuries persist as they have, then yes, perhaps we should look at cutting our losses.
GameBurton07
As much as the injury problems frustrate me I disagree. We've added to our coaching and physio staff to help strengthen, condition and heal our players more efficiently. The fundamentals are in place, and if kept fit - which is the reason these measures have been taken - Jeffers and Sodje will be a real threat for the opposition. Let's not overlook Tuggy's goalscoring record this season either, which isn't bad at all given the inconsistancies of the team. I think the future's bright, but if the injuries persist as they have, then yes, perhaps we should look at cutting our losses.
GameBurton07
26 games this season? surely not, that must be a record for him!! Don't remember him playing that often.....
swfcjambo
26 games this season? surely not, that must be a record for him!! Don't remember him playing that often.....
swfcjambo
i agree whoneedskaka, both got to go although sodje does excite me, can't have another wasted season. what with esajas out since before christmas with a broken toe i say get rid soon as.
ecco owl
i agree whoneedskaka, both got to go although sodje does excite me, can't have another wasted season. what with esajas out since before christmas with a broken toe i say get rid soon as.
ecco owl
It was the real Jeffers today - he went off poorly lol
CLIFFANDJ
It was the real Jeffers today - he went off poorly lol
CLIFFANDJ
Esajas is a lot better than Johnson he has a finshing product and crosses alot better than Johnson i say get rid of Jermaine and keep Esajas. Also its just unluckly that sodje has been out for most of the season but you didnt call for franks head and his been out for over a year and a half. I think sodje is one or if not the best forwards we have when hes fit.
welsh_owls
Esajas is a lot better than Johnson he has a finshing product and crosses alot better than Johnson i say get rid of Jermaine and keep Esajas. Also its just unluckly that sodje has been out for most of the season but you didnt call for franks head and his been out for over a year and a half. I think sodje is one or if not the best forwards we have when hes fit.
welsh_owls
 

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