Young Owls that have taken flight may be involved for opposition
Sheffield Wednesday ramp up their 2021-22 season preparation on Wednesday afternoon when they face Scottish side Celtic in their first pre-season friendly.
Former Wednesday players Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghde could well be involved for the first time for the Glsagow giants against their former club having left the Owls this summer. Shaw made the move north of the border this summer after agreeing terms last summer while 21-year-old Urhoghide made the move to Celtic Park just last week.
Shaw, a raw midfielder showed signs of what attracted the interest of the SPL side last season but he still has plenty to learn. In 13 league starts last season he scored once and was sent off twice.
Urhoghide joined the Owls two seasons ago having been released by AFC Wimbledon. His Wednesday career started like a rollercoaster with two excellent displays in the FA Cup tempered by two out of sorts performances in the league, one in which he was substituted at half-time and another in which he received a red card inside 50 minutes. Last season he was in and out of the struggling team.
Former Owls assistant manager Mike Trusson spoke out recently regarding the transfers, stating that it ‘beggars belief’ how the Owls could get into contract situations that allowed these players to leave for next to nothing. It is believed that Wednesday will receive something in the region of £500,000 combined for the two players.
While the transfer policy of the Hillsborough club is certainly deserving of scrutiny and debate, the appointment of Trusson by the Owls was one which could be called into question as much as any other. The 62-year-old was appointed as Wednesday’s assistant manager under Tony Pulis in November 2020 and lasted just tow months in the job. Trusson has no top level coaching or management experience to speak of and his job prior to joining the Owls was as a professional football scout – for Celtic FC.
Wednesday's match against Celtic takes place in Wales at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon and is being screened live on Celtic TV.