Sheffield Wednesday: Highly-rated Will ‘hungry’ to get out of comfort zone

Will Keane
Will Keane

Some modern day footballers are reluctant to get out of their comfort zones.

Fortunately for Sheffield Wednesday, Will Keane is quite the opposite.

The young striker could have stayed with his parent club Manchester United and carried on playing second-string football.

But the Stockport-born star is determined to make a name for himself, prompting him to join the Owls on loan until the end of the season.

Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, told The Star: “Will could have just stayed at United and wasted his time but he’s decided to get off his backside and come and play for us.

“Boys can train all the time and play Under-21 games but that does not test you. It’s on Saturday afternoons that you get tested and we are grateful United have let him come out.

“Will is a talented boy and is highly thought of by United. He is one of the brightest young talents in the game and he wants to come here and do well.”

Keane, who made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers over four years ago, suffered a serious knee injury in 2012 which kept him out of action for 16 months.

“Will is very hungry and missed a part of his career with a knee injury but he wants to get over that and play games,” said Gray. “I tried three months ago to get him in but United decided it was a bit too early.

“I have been in dialogue with United coach Warren Joyce and they are now happy he is back to the level they wanted him to be at. He has been training with their first-team and held his own. They want Will to play games and his aim is to get as many goals as possible for Wednesday.”

Gray is confident Keane possesses the attributes to make a big impact at Hillsborough.

“Will is very technically gifted and very comfortable with the ball at his feet,” he said. “He scores goals with either foot.

“His hold up play is excellent. He brings others into play.

“I’ve told Will that I don’t see him playing out wide. I see him as a number nine or number 10. He can pick out a pass for us.

“If we can get the ball to him in the final third, that’s where he has the ability to beat players. He is well balanced and has an eye for goal.”

In recent years, young players such as Ross Barkley and Connor Wickham have benefited from loan stints with the Owls.

Gray said: “We can use Connor and Ross as positive examples of players we have helped develop. It just goes to show that loans do help younger players get out and gain valuable experience.”

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