Date:Monday March 23 2009
On-loan striker Luke Varney made his first appearance in the blue and white stripes against Swansea City at the weekend - and it's a thumbs up from me.
The former Crewe man arrived at Hillsborough at the eleventh hour from Derby County as boss Brian Laws looked to bolster his attacking options in light of recent injuries to Leon Clarke, Akpo Sodje and Michael Gray.
I've always rated Varney as a decent Championship player, though many were concerned that he wasn't the player we were looking for.
The question 'how can he be good enough for us if a side below us in the table will let him out on loan?' appeared on the Owls' forums following his signature.
I'm not one to be concerned when this happens though, too often we seem to shoot players down before they even get their chance to shine.
Varney went a long way to proving those doubters wrong by not only showing the minimum work ethic Wednesdayites crave, but also showing that hint of extra class that some of our attackers have been lacking.
Ok, he missed one of the best chances of the match when he came on at the weekend, and front men are paid to score goals, it's what they need to do.
But that chance aside, he showed his versatility in playing out wide and in attack, doing well alongside players he'd only met for the first time just hours earlier.
The best is yet to come from Varney I'm sure, and it's a shame that we only have him on loan for a month as I type: of course, that could be increased if we need it to be.
I've no doubt he'll impress during his stay here, and he'll grab some goals into the bargain - I'm sure he'll be rubbing his hands at some of the matches we have to play while he's here.
So, although we missed out on our first choice, it seems Mr Laws has made a good signing, and who knows, maybe one that could arrive at S6 permanantly should he continue to impress.
Date:Monday March 23 2009
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