Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief urges fans to be patient over new signing

Sergiu Bus in training with Sheffield Wednesday
Sergiu Bus in training with Sheffield Wednesday

Owls chief Stuart Gray has warned against expecting too much too soon from new signing Sergiu Bus.

The Romanian striker could make his Owls debut against Cardiff City on Saturday, having arrived for an undisclosed fee, thought to be £375,000, from CSKA Sofia earlier this week.

New signing Sergiu Bus

New signing Sergiu Bus

Bus, who began his career at hometown club CFR Cluj before enjoying loan spells with Unirea Alba Iulia, Târgu Mureș, Gaz Metan Mediaș and Corona Brașov, scored 10 goals in 19 matches for Bulgarian league leaders CSKA.

Despite Wednesday’s lack of potency in front of goal, Gray has hinted he may resist the temptation to play Bus from the start when they welcome Cardiff to Hillsborough this weekend.

He told The Star: “We want Sergiu to come in and hit the ground running straight away but it might be a case of bedding him in at first and giving him a little taste here and there. It’s a decision for me to mull over at the moment and I will evaluate how he does in training.

“He’s not played a competitive game since December and they shut down for the winter break in Bulgaria.

“The British game is so unique and that’s why it is loved worldwide. We are probably the only country who don’t have a winter break. It’s full on so Sergiu has to get up to the tempo of training and matches.”

Gray has likened Bus to Romania international striker Vio Ganea. The former Northampton Town boss worked with Ganea at Wolves.

“Bus reminds me a little bit of Ganea,” he said. “He’s strong, won’t get knocked off the ball and got a real desire to come in and do well.”

Several Italian clubs were interested in signing Bus, according to Gray.

He said: “I think there were four clubs interested in him but Sergiu wanted to come here. He’s very hungry, wants to get into the national team and can only do that by putting in good performances for us.”

One of Gray’s other recruits on transfer deadline day was Filipe Joaquim Melo Silva. The 25-year-old, signed from Portugese side Moreirenses, for an undisclosed fee, is primarily a defensive midfielder but can be deployed at centre-back if required. He flew back to Portugal to deal with a personal matter on Tuesday but is likely to train with his new teammates for the first time today.

Gray said: “Melo was someone who was brought to my attention by a contact about a month ago. He’s got leadership skills. I think the fans will like him.

“He is a strong midfielder in the Jose Semedo mould who can screen the back four. He likes a tackle and puts himself about.

“He is competition for Semi, who is now looking over his shoulder.

“You need that balance in midfield and someone who is going to win the ball and break teams attacking play up by getting their foot or head in.”

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