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Owls in safe hands with Jameson and O'Donnell?

The inevitable departure of Lee Grant will leave Wednesday without a senior keeper, are the two youngsters good enough to step up?

With Grant being injured throughout pre-season the pair of them have had to cover anyway. By all reports, they haven't done too bad. Confidence was always going to be an issue when you throw in inexperienced players, especially in the goal, but O'Donnell and Jameson have the stature to become established custodians.

Both the local youngsters stand well over six feet in height and have impressive physiques. Shot stopping is probably both their best assets, but their all-round game isn't lacking, as was proven in the Sodje boots for Africa game, when O'Donnell curled in a 25-yarder!

Jameson has spent a lot of his two years as a pro out on loan and has done well. O'Donnell has remained at s6 and played a supporting role to Grant, who seemingly never got injured or suspended, leaving O'Donnell still without a first team appearance.

Alan Irvine will probably bring a goalie in. To embark on what Wednesday fans will be hoping is a promotion winning season without a senior resident would be regarded by some fans as foolish.

In goalkeeping terms, O'Donnell, 21 and Jameson, 20 are still only very young. Keepers often reach their peak well into their 30s, but it's about time the pair were playing regular football.

A solution to this might be to loan out O'Donnell and have Jameson on the bench for the season - or vice versa. O'Donnell has stated in interviews a desire to play regularly and if this opportunity isn't going to materialise at Wednesday, he could well seek a loan deal next season.

Watch this space.




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Writer: Jarno Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 27 2010

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

no-we need experience!!!
supersibon
NO
owlswfc
I wouldnt mind seeing one of them in the number 1 jersey! I think they could gandle league1 football. I live in Huddersfield n remember the Town fans not wantin an academy player going straight into 1st team football (Smithies - goalkeeper) its worked for them as hes got bigger teams watching him n he also gets in the England under19 squad,hes been looked at to go into the under21s! Why couldnt it work for us? Cant see it being a problem as long as the defence is solid.
ShawnOwl4Eva
Everybody deserves a chance. They have been with us a while. The hard thing about being a keeper is you only ever need one most of the time so ones always a bench warmer and unless ya number 1 gets injured never does the 2nd in line get a chance to shine. Well this may be his chance. Why not I say. But Im not that nieve in the sense of I still feel we need to look for an experienced keeper if poss. Weaver would do me fine. And did somebodya say Ian Turner, I cant see it but if we did I would be happy.
stevetheowl
Give them a chance, otherwise we will never know if they are good enough. Young keepers have done well for us in the past, I'm thinking of Chris Turner and Peter Fox, both who were thrown in at younger ages tan these two.
GreenhillOwl
no no no no no.
wrighty-swfc
I don't think we can go with 20 year olds right now. It could do more harm than good and I think we need a bit of experience. Bleeding the youngsters with cup games etc I think is a better way forward for now. If what AI has done so far is anything to go by, we have no worries in this department and we are likely to have David James by next week! I am confident that whoever he brings in will satisfy us all.
baldowl
agree, think we need a mature keeper to help bring the younger ones on.
eastyorksowl
 

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