Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss ponders Helan’s best position

Jeremy Helan
Jeremy Helan

Boss Stuart Gray is contemplating pinning Owls utility player Jeremy Helan down to one position.

Following three matches on the sidelines with a groin problem, Helan made his first-team comeback in Saturday’s draw with Charlton Athletic at Hillsborough.

Gray deployed the Frenchman in the left-back role versus the Addicks as Joe Mattock is likely to miss the rest of the campaign after picking up a groin injury in training last week.

The 22-year-old, who has featured 37 times this year, can also operate on the left flank and has occasionally been utilised in central midfield.

Gray told The Star: “Maybe now we have to nail Jeremy [Helan] down to the wide left or left-back role.

“The thing with Jeremy is he gives 100 per cent in all the positions he plays.

“If we need him to fill in at left-back or play out wide, Jeremy has got great application and gets on with the job.”

Helan, arguably the fastest player on Wednesday’s books, was partly to blame for Charlton’s equaliser, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson coolly side-stepping past him before firing a fierce shot past Keiren Westwood.

It was not one of Helan’s better performances and Gray admits there is still a lot more to come from the former Manchester City youngster. Helan’s only goal of the campaign came in the Owls’ 2-0 triumph at Birmingham City last September.

“Jeremy likes to get up and down the wing but will probably be disappointed that he’s not got more goals,” conceded Gray. “It’s not just Jeremy who has not got as many goals as we would have liked. There are others who also need to chip in.

“Jeremy’s got energy, pace in abundance and is very good in one v one defending situations.

“When he does get into those attacking areas. he needs to improve his delivery and final pass.”

Gray will be without several senior first-team players when they take on Brentford tonight. Jose Semedo is set to have a pain killing injection on his foot problem today while Will Keane (ankle) is receiving treatment at his parent club Manchester United. Glenn Loovens, Joe Mattock, Liam Palmer and Claude Dielna remain on the sidelines but Gray has indicated he will make personnel changes.

Filipe Melo, Kieran Lee, Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May are pushing for recalls.

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