Keane backed to make big progress at Sheffield Wednesday

by Richard Laverty

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray was happy with Will Keane‘s debut for the club despite a 0-0 draw at home to Birmingham City.

Keane desperately needed a good loan move after injury saw him fall behind James Wilson in the pecking order and Gray was quick to praise the striker this week after completing the deal for Keane.

The 22-year-old started the match and played for 75 minutes, only being substituted due to a facial wound picked up just minutes earlier.

Keane joins Chelsea’s Lewis Baker at Hillsborough. Baker scored against United’s U21s side last season and Gray has tipped both to emulate other loanees at the club such as Connor Wickham and Ross Barkley.

“I thought they did well,” Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray said.

“Their ball retention was very good, with Will providing a good outlet up top. They are talented players and we are a good club where they can develop their game.

“You only have to look at the likes of Ross Barkley and Connor Wickham and how they progressed in their time with us, so hopefully Will and Lewis will do the same.”

Keane suffered a serious injury just after emerging in the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson and will be hoping this loan spell goes better than his previous ones at QPR and Wigan.

United supporters also have another Championship team to keep an eye on after Keane’s U21 team-mate Joe Rothwell joined Blackpool this week.

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