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Heff Deserves His Chance With Owls

Heff Deserves His Chance With Owls

Paul Heffernan was handed the famous number nine shirt when joining Wednesday during the summer, but he hasn't started a league game yet for the struggling Owls.

The Irish striker arrived at Hillsborough from Doncaster Rovers with a reputation for grabbing goals at a good rate at every club he's played at.

He wasn't going to 'rip the division apart' by any stretch of the imagination, but he was a good bet for netting goals on a regular basis for the Owls, especially in the third tier of English football.

So why has Owls boss Alan Irvine refused to start Heff in any league games this season, instead sticking with Marcus Tudgay, who's yet to score from open play this season, Clinton Morrison, who looks far from in peak condition, and Neil Mellor, who has quickly become a pretty useless cog in the side following his one-man demolition job of Hartlepool United.

It was quite understandable that Heffernan would be on the bench when Wednesday made such a good start to the season, even though the goals weren't flowing too freely (Hartlepool aside).

But a four-game run which has seen Wednesday struggle in front of goal should have seen Heffernan introduced.

He showed more in the short spell he had on the pitch as a substitute in last night's stalemate against Oldham Athletic than Tudgay and Morrison did collectively throughout the match.

Fair enough, that didn't take much given last night's showing, but it was enough to warrant a first league start of the season when Wednesday travel to Notts County this Saturday.

I'm guessing that Irvine won't agree with me on that one, though.

Instead we'll stick with Tudgay, a player who seems pretty much undroppable this season. A striker who doesn't score, great.

My money is on Mellor getting a recall too, one of Alan's 'favourites' by the looks of things so early in the season.

It's easy enough to call on those not having much of a say when things aren't going so well - anyone but those on the pitch will be some people's mentality.

But Heff deserves his chance at a first league start, why bring him to the club in the first place if we're paying him to sit on the bench week in, week out.

Let's give our number nine a chance to show that he really deserves that number nine shirt, and hopefully he'll fire us to a much-needed three points.

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Date:Wednesday September 29 2010
Time: 2:15PM


100% agree Nick..... time to give Heff a run in the side.
29/09/2010 14:20:00
could not agree more - Like all those X-Factor contestants he looks like he really, really wants it!!!!!
29/09/2010 14:28:00
nope, wont make any difference at all. its not the strikers who are the problem, its the defender punting long balls to the strikers who have no support. also the midfielders are like statues, dont support the strikers or protect the back four. morrison and mellor would have a bag full of goals already if we could actually create some chances. we should have sold tudgay when we had the chance, those who still think he's a good striker are in cloud cuckoo land. So while i think the heff should get a chance, it wont make bugger all difference.
29/09/2010 15:28:00
You know, I just read the article on When Saturday Comes. Up to now, I have always thought that clubs like Wednesday will survive no matter what. I have believed that even if we go into administration someone will invest and we can move forward. I am starting to have real doubts. It frightens me to think that we could actually be the first club of our size to completely dissapear - for me that means no more football!
29/09/2010 15:37:00
His got to be worth a fiver of anyones money,as the crap we have at present cannot hit a barn door between them
29/09/2010 15:44:00
totally agree drop sedgewick at wkend put tudders on the right and put heff up top with morrison
29/09/2010 16:00:00
I agree retford. Last night was the first time in a very long time that the midfield did not dissappear. We looked loads better with Potter out, Coke in the middle, and Millar from the start. I think Tugay would be better with his front to the goal. I would like to see Heff in the side partnering either striker, with Tugay - our most energetic box to box player - in the midfield running onto Heffs lay-offs. I wish we did this more anyway - shoot from the edge of the box I mean. I think it was 70 minutes last night before the first propoer edge of the box shot. Lets hope big Al stickes with a sensible midfield. Up the Owls
29/09/2010 16:44:00
In my opinion Tudgay just isn't a striker. He seems to be far more effective playing wide and can still put in a defensive shift. Relynig on him for goals just seems like a waste of time, although it is true that this midfield just isn't strong enough or creative enough. With so many strikers fighting over two places, I would narrow that down to M&M and Heff and start using Tudgay on the wing, or sell him in January, assuming we still have a club at all.
29/09/2010 17:16:00
Agree fully with Dezzyp Do not think Heffernan will make any difference. We have too many individuals north of 30 who no longer have the legs for a competitive game of football. Think Heffernan falls into this category, the glimpses I have seen of him. Last night was an improvement but we never presented a threat to goal all evening and in last 10 minutes half a dozen of the players were out on their feet. For the record I would play both Jones and Spurr down the left. With Spurr in midfield. Also would switch Tudgay to centre midfield alongside Coke, these two I believe are the only ones we have with energy for box to box play. I would try Palmer on the right side of midfield and play Morrison with Oliver or Modest up front. These are young quick energetic players who deserve a chance. If they are not deemed good enough to play in League one at 19 I would question what chance they have in the long term of a succesful career. There are exceptions but few and far between. One final point we had the pitch widened during the summer but game was condensed into 1/6 of the pitch for most of last night.
29/09/2010 17:37:00
we have 3 senior centreforwards, heffernan, morrison and mellor and 2 of these need to start each match or we are short staffed up front. tudgay's preference must be to play as a striker although he blatantly isn't. irvine needs to find a solution to this as it has caused problems for 2 seasons now and cost laws his job and if he's not careful it will account for AI too
Hirsty's Shinpads
29/09/2010 19:33:00
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