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Can Mellor Mirror Maclean's Goals?

Can Mellor Mirror Maclean's Goals?

Wednesday striker Neil Mellor netted his second hat-trick in ten days at MK Dons yesterday - can he be the man to fire the Owls back to the Championship?

Mellor, on-loan from Preston North End for the season, bagged three as Wednesday saw off the Dons 4-1 at Stadium:mk in npower League One, just ten days after completing a treble against Hartlepool United in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy by the same scoreline.

The former Liverpool Academy graduate is the Owls' leading scorer in all competitions this season with 12 goals from 21 appearances, and just 13 starts, so far this season.

Wednesdayites have been quick in praise of Mellor in recent weeks, especially following yesterday's emphatic victory, and comparisons to a certain Steve Maclean have since come to fruition.

Scottish striker Maclean, now on-loan at Oxford, grabbed the goals to steer the Owls towards promotion from League One last time out, with 20 league goals to his name, despite being injured for a long spell in the 2004-05 campaign.

Mellor could eclipse that total if he continues his current fine run of form, and stays injury-free, laying the foundations for another promotion push for Alan Irvine's men this season.

As players they couldn't be much different - Mellor a strong, powerful player who can hold the ball up and simply out-muscle his opposite defenders, being a big threat from set-pieces with his head (although his goals have come mainly from his feet thus far this season).

In contrast, Maclean was very much a 'poacher', grabbing the scrappy goals, scoring the penalties, and chipping in with the odd screamer now and again.

Both have produced the same outcome though - goals - and after a somewhat sluggish opening couple of months of the season for Wednesday, the Owls finally seem to have a leading targetman to look towards for the remainder of the season - Mellow has certainly staked his claim for the first name down on the team sheet.

Mellor can't be recalled to Deepdale as part of his loan deal with the Owls, and it seems as if Alan Irvine, his boss at Preston, will be looking to make the switch a permanent one next season.

The hitman seems, so far, head and shoulders above his opposition this season, and long may it continue.

Whether he can continue that form at Championship level, where he came in for some stick at Preston from certain parts - despite netting 30 goals in 63 league starts for the club, is the next test for the striker.

Owls fans, and Mellor, won't be concerned about that just yet though, as the striker aims to continue his top-scoring form to fire Wednesday to promotion this season.

It's looking good so far, keep it up 'Chunky' (as was signed on the matchball he took home following his weekend treble)!



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Writer:Nick
Date:Monday November 22 2010
Time: 12:28PM

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Can he be sold by Preston?
bluedog
22/11/2010 12:51:00
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steve maclean, silly boy. should never have gone.
DEZZYP
22/11/2010 13:09:00
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So wots happening with Tudders???????????????????? not that i want him up front.
ollyowl70
22/11/2010 14:01:00
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Dezzy as I understand it he never wanted to leave it was Allen who refused to pay another £50,000 to Glasgow Rangers due to something in his contract. Typical Hey. Just prey we get rid of all this rot that sits upon us in the board room.
jamesc1905
22/11/2010 15:02:00
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im sure he let his contract run down and left on a free didnt he?
DEZZYP
22/11/2010 15:04:00
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infact yeah i stand corrected, i do vaguely remember something about £50,000, yeah sounds like another dave allen master stroke. to be fair, we hardly got any games out of him once we won promotion. still, i'll always have fond memories of him.
DEZZYP
22/11/2010 15:08:00
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he should be looking at 25-30 goals this season
retfordowl1867
22/11/2010 20:39:00
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Going back to the first comment, I would imagine he can be sold as he is still a Preston player but as we have signed him, albeit on loan, we have an agreement for him to be with us for 12 months
Hickyowl1977
23/11/2010 16:48:00
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