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Luke Varney: First Impressions

Luke Varney: First Impressions

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.



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Writer:Nick
Date:Monday March 23 2009
Time: 11:38AM

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We are safe for the season and have done the double over United, however I don't think we have moved forward at all. Our squad is full of average/ past it loan rangers who are here today and gone tommorrow. When Sturrock was here we had a squad of players that could be built around - brunt, whelan, bougherra. they were all instrumental in the good run we had when he left. Brian has done a good job but we have a poor squad with no longevity or much to build around. The one shining light this season has been grant. Considering we have all these great defenders who everone are after, we have conceded loads of goals. Loan players tend to be players who are not good enough to get into their own team, so it is strange when you get loan players from teams below you. The odd loan player to boost the squad is greater, but in the numbers we are having them is disruptive to the medium/long term development of the team. Look at United they have a much stronger squad and fewer loan players. Whilst they are not great they do seem settled and unless you are settled you will never be consistant.
Radon Barrier
23/03/2009 12:47:00
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We are safe for the season and have done the double over United, however I don't think we have moved forward at all. Our squad is full of average/ past it loan rangers who are here today and gone tommorrow. When Sturrock was here we had a squad of players that could be built around - brunt, whelan, bougherra. they were all instrumental in the good run we had when he left. Brian has done a good job but we have a poor squad with no longevity or much to build around. The one shining light this season has been grant. Considering we have all these great defenders who everone are after, we have conceded loads of goals. Loan players tend to be players who are not good enough to get into their own team, so it is strange when you get loan players from teams below you. The odd loan player to boost the squad is greater, but in the numbers we are having them is disruptive to the medium/long term development of the team. Look at United they have a much stronger squad and fewer loan players. Whilst they are not great they do seem settled and unless you are settled you will never be consistant.
Radon Barrier
23/03/2009 12:47:00
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very impressed with varney!!!!! i think it would be a marvellous bit of business if we can secure him on a permanent deal!!!!! i think that derby would probably want £1 million+ which i dont think we could afford.
supersibon
23/03/2009 13:35:00
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very impressed with varney!!!!! i think it would be a marvellous bit of business if we can secure him on a permanent deal!!!!! i think that derby would probably want £1 million+ which i dont think we could afford.
supersibon
23/03/2009 13:35:00
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if alan lee was our first choice, im sooo glad we didnt get him and got varney instead
smiggyswfc
23/03/2009 13:40:00
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if alan lee was our first choice, im sooo glad we didnt get him and got varney instead
smiggyswfc
23/03/2009 13:40:00
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Varney played well on saturday looked easily one of the better forwards we have dont think we can afford him on a permant transfer.
welsh_owls
23/03/2009 15:23:00
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Varney played well on saturday looked easily one of the better forwards we have dont think we can afford him on a permant transfer.
welsh_owls
23/03/2009 15:23:00
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Agree with what you're saying re: stability and consistency Radon, but Varney has been an excellent addition. I just hope he can carry on the form he showed in his first game into the forthcoming fixtures :)
NicNac
23/03/2009 16:27:00
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Agree with what you're saying re: stability and consistency Radon, but Varney has been an excellent addition. I just hope he can carry on the form he showed in his first game into the forthcoming fixtures :)
NicNac
23/03/2009 16:27:00
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