Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has revealed how a heart-to-heart chat with Jacques Maghoma has helped the forward rediscover his best form.
Head coach Gray dropped Maghoma to the bench after their goalless draw at Huddersfield Town on November 22, leaving the 27-year-old out of the Owls’ next five Championship fixtures.
But the former Tottenham Hotspurs trainee, out of contract at the end of the season, has produced two hard-working displays since being recalled to the starting line-up at Wigan Athletic last week.
Gray told The Star: “I left him out and Jacques and I had a good chat. Jacques has shown in his last two performances what he’s capable of producing. He’s getting back to the level we saw earlier on in the season.
“I’ve said to the players I will pick a team which I think is going to get a result for Sheffield Wednesday. Sometimes I’m going to upset people but, more often than not, it’s players that play themselves out of the team by their own performances. But credit to Jacques. He has been excellent in the last two games.”
Goals have been in short supply for Maghoma this season. He has netted just once in the Owls’ 3-0 Capital One Cup victory over Notts County and Gray is confident the best is yet to come from the skilful attacker.
“There is more to come from Jacques,” he said. “When Jacques is running and facing the opposition, he can cause problems.
“But he knows that he needs to score more goals than he has done.”
Caolan Lavery, meanwhile, scored twice as Owls’ development squad thumped Crewe 5-0 yesterday. Jack Stobbs, Ryan Meadows and Ryan Croasdale also netted.