Sheffield Wednesday: In-form Owls star tipped to blossom

Ross Wallace
Ross Wallace

Ross Wallace has been backed to play a key role for Sheffield Wednesday this season.

The Scotland international, snapped up on a free transfer from Burnley last month, opened his Owls account in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town.

In his other outing, the skilful forward supplied a peach of a cross for Lewis McGugan to wrap up their opening-day win over Bristol City.

It has not taken Wallace, who is primarily left footed, long to form a promising understanding with Jack Hunt on the right flank.

Wallace is aiming to complete a hat-trick of promotions out of the Championship, having helped Sunderland and the Clarets reach the promised land of the Premier League.

“Ross [Wallace] could be a massive player for us,” Hunt told The Star. “I think he will get a lot of assists and he is a set piece specialist as well.

“Ross is very experienced and has won promotions out of this league so it is great to have him in the team and dressing room.”

Of their burgeoning partnership, Hunt said: “It’s perfect for me. I like playing with left footers on the right.

“Ross naturally wants to come inside and that leaves space for me so I think we compliment each other really well.

“Ross is a great guy and we get on well and I think you can see that on the pitch.”

Hunt, formerly of Huddersfield Town, Barnsley and Rotherham United, is relishing working under his first foreign boss. The 24-year-old, on a season long-loan deal from Crystal Palace, hopes Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal will help him develop as a player.

Portuguese boss Carvalhal has stated he will continue to rotate his squad as he looks to discover a winning formula.

Hunt said: “I want to play every single game. I will be knocking on his (Carvalhal’s) door if I’m not playing and in form.

“I understand his beliefs and that he wants to rotate. I’m sure he will only rotate to pick the best team that he thinks will win the game.”

Attacking full-back Hunt said he was “gutted” Wednesday failed to pick up a positive result at Ipswich. He felt the team were “hard done by” but went on to praise the club’s “excellent” travelling fans, who applauded the Owls off after they came close to grabbing a late equaliser.

Wednesday entertain Reading tomorrow.

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