Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Fans Undecided On Maclean Role

Fans Undecided On Maclean Role

Wednesday fans are undecided on whether last season's top scorer Steve Maclean should regain his place in the first team according to the latest poll on Vital Sheffield Wednesday

We asked Vital Sheffield Wednesday users if they felt the Scot should return to the first team following his recent injury setback, despite the fine form of current strike duo Marcus Tudgay and Deon Burton.

It was a close call, with the 'yes' camp just nudging it with 53 per cent of the votes.

The 18 goals Maclean netted in just 34 games last season would have helped the former Rangers mans cause. He was arguably the main reason why the Owls got promotion to the Championship last season, and it was no coincidence that Wednesday's form dropped when Maclean suffered an injury and was forced to sit out the final few months of the season.

Despite his long lay-off, Maclean was included on the bench for the play-off final at Cardiff, and was the man to step off the bench at 2-1 down and converted a penalty in the final 10 minues to take the game to extra time. We all know what happened then...

The Wednesday faithful certainly haven't forgotten Maclean's goalscoring ability from last season, and were desperate to see him back in action earlier this year to help the Owls battle against relegation.

He's only featured five times for the Owls since his return though, netting just one late penalty against Sheffield United at Hillsborough. With such a long lay-off though, you can't expect a play to hit top form straight away.

In Maclean's absence, Marcus Tudgay and Deon Burton have struck up a fine partnership in attack for the Owls, and that is why the remaining 47 per cent think the Scot shouldn't get his place back in the side.

The strike duo, signed at the beginning of the year from Derby County and Rotherham United respectfully, have taken their time to settle in to Paul Sturrock's plans, but have notched up vital goals which has seen the Owls stretch their lead from the drop zone and go unbeaten for four games.

It was Tudgay and Burton's performance against Wolves last weekend which really drew the attention to their flourishing partnership. Burton's pin point cross for Tudgay to volley innto the top corner put the Owls ahead, while Burton added a clinical second before assisting his strike partner with his second of the afternoon to make it 3-1.

So it seems that the Wednesday faithful are still undecided on whether or not Maclean should return to the first eleven. After suffering another set back the Scot has had to make due with a place on the subs bench, and it's likely that will continue if Burton and Tudgay continue to hit it off on the pitch. Worrying times for last season's top scorer, then, but less than worrying times for Owls fans who have healthy competition for a place in attack for the first time in some years.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick
Date:Monday April 3 2006
Time: 11:54AM

Comments

0
I voted against him coming back simply because of the partnership up there at the mo. He'll get his chance before the end of the season though.
welshyowl
04/04/2006 20:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Best of the SWFC #AskLoovens Twitter Takeover!

Have a peak at the best questions and answers from the #swfc TitanBet and Glenn Loovens twitter takeover

Audio - Carlos Carvalhal Comments Ahead of Owls Vs Brentford

Comments and audio from Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal ahead of Brentford visit to S6 this weekend......

Predicting - Wednesday's Starting XI Vs Brentford

Who's in and Who's out as we take a look at the potential #swfc starting line-up against Brentford....

Match Day Officials - Wednesday Vs Brentford

Who'll be the man in the middle as Wednesday face Brentford? All info within...

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Profile
Josh Alex Caddick
Profile
Greg Pursehouse
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Outcome of Wednesday Vs Brentford?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Wednesday Win67%
Draw0%
Brentford Win33%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
2 Hull City 29 17 5 7 56 26
3 Burnley 30 15 10 5 55 22
4 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
5 Derby County 30 13 12 5 51 14
6 Sheff Wed 30 13 11 6 50 12
7 Ipswich 30 13 9 8 48 2
8 Birmingham 30 13 8 9 47 8
9 Cardiff 30 11 12 7 45 5
10 Forest 30 10 12 8 42 6
11 Wolves 30 10 10 10 40 -1
12 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
13 Q.P.R. 30 9 12 9 39 1
14 Preston 30 9 12 9 39 -1
15 Reading 30 9 9 12 36 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 30 8 8 14 32 -4
18 Blackburn 28 6 13 9 31 0
19 Fulham 29 6 11 12 29 -5
20 MK Dons 30 7 7 16 28 -18
21 Bristol City 30 6 10 14 28 -22
22 Rotherham 30 7 4 19 25 -19
23 Bolton 30 4 12 14 24 -21
24 Charlton 30 5 9 16 24 -30
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 26 2016 7:45PM : Hull City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg3
2.DH Owl2
3.@mwoodjnr2
4.swfcjambo1