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A Striking Dilemma For Owls Boss

A Striking Dilemma For Owls Boss

In recent years Wednesday could have only wished to have had a 'nice' problem in selecting their two first-choice strikers - but now Alan Irvine is faced with just that.

Over the summer Irvine brought Neil Mellor, Paul Heffernan and Clinton Morrison in to bolster Wednesday's attacking options - quite a line-up alongside Marcus Tudgay, especially for League One.

So it always looked likely that the Owls boss would have somewhat of a 'problem' in selection his two first-choice strikers.

But now he's faced with just that, following Neil Mellor's well-taken late goal that gave Wednesday a share of the spoils at Colchester United on Saturday.

Irvine has made his intentions clear of using Morrison and Tudgay as his two frontmen - they've started both league matches so far, despite Morrison being far from 100 per cent.

But that could all change following Mellor's 'super-sub' appearance at the weekend.

Irvine told the Yorkshire Post: 'I feel as though he is still finding his feet and I know that he can make an impact coming off the bench.

'But I don't see him just as that - he's not going to just be a sub for us, that's for sure.'

The Owls boss could stick with the Tudgay-Morrison combination for this weekend's clash against Brigthon if the above quote is anything to go by, but it may not last long.

And of course, should the rumours linking Tudgay with a move away from Hillsborough before the close of the current transfer window at the end of the month come to fruition, Mellor could be thrown straight in alongside Morrison. The 'M&M' combination, if you like.

Let's not forget Jermaine Johnson, who is yet to return from injury and can give the Owls something very different in attack - pace.

Irvine isn't afraif to use JJ in attack, and that could well be his preferred role given Gary Teale and Chris Sedgwick's performances on the wings for the Owls so far.

Wednesday's attacking options are certainly welcome problems, and they'll make for interesting discussion if their current form continues throughout the season.



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Writer:Nick
Date:Monday August 16 2010
Time: 10:17AM

Comments

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Its only a matter of time before we use the morrison/mellor partnership, might as well start nowboth have better movement and are better goalscorers than tudgay. I'v always thought tudgay had all the attributes to make a decent attacking midfielder, well worth a little experiment at the start of a league 1 season.
DEZZYP
16/08/2010 10:41:00
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well said dezzyp, i actually believe tudgay would make a very good box to box midfielder, his defensive attributes are brilliant and he can hold the ball in midfield.
fatowl
16/08/2010 10:49:00
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indeed fatowl, every attribute he has is as a midfielder, and a very good one. Good engine, good touch, can pass pretty well, puts himself about a bit, and did a fairly decent job on the right of our midfield at times.
DEZZYP
16/08/2010 10:55:00
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I agree. However I recall the issue for Tuggers at Derby was that they played him in midfield when he wanted to be a striker. I wonder if Father Ted has the midfield option in mind and thats why he has 4 other strikers (including JJ) I think Tuggers should be our Harry Potter replacement.
bluedog
16/08/2010 13:35:00
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tudgay had much worse issues at Derby than being played in midfield!
Hirsty's Shinpads
16/08/2010 16:06:00
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Hirsty's Shinpads, that sounds a little sinister.....
DEZZYP
16/08/2010 20:00:00
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all that business with george burley
Hirsty's Shinpads
17/08/2010 09:17:00
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