The Chesterfield manager John Sheridan has explained his decision to sign Liam Shaw from Sheffield Wednesday.
Shaw, who has impressed for Wednesday’s Under-23s this season, linked up with the Owls’ local rivals on an initial one-month loan deal on Thursday.
Sheridan hopes the teenager can add a bit of ‘cuteness’ to a Chesterfield midfield comprised of, in the words of their boss, ‘a lot of players who run their socks off’.
And having starred for Sheffield Wednesday in Shaw’s position, Sherdian should know better than most what exactly is required.
“He’s got a good chance of playing (against Harrogate Town on Saturday,” the Mancunian told BBC Radio Sheffield earlier. “He’s involved, he’s a young player. The reason I brought him in (is that) throughout the season I think one of our big problems is we don’t retain the ball long enough for longer periods.
“I think we should keep the ball, whether it’s from throw-ins, going back to the ‘keeper to go out the other side and keeping possession. We give the ball away too many times, too cheaply.
“I think, he’s a young lad, I’ve seen him play a few times. He’s got a good stature about him, I think he’s got a goal in him and he’ll come in. Obviously, I’ve got a lot of midfielders but I think it’s just possession-wise. Hopefully, he’ll try and keep hold of the ball for us and create problems for the opposition.”
Sheridan continued: “He’s a young player and I love his enthusiasm. He wants to come and play. He believes in himself and whether you’re 19 or 31 it doesn’t really matter, he believes in himself.
“He’s got good physical presence about him. Like I say, technically he’s a good player and he’s got a goal in him so I’m hoping all them things what I’m talking about, he brings to the game – if he starts the game.
“I’ve said to him, I just want him to come and enjoy and get games under (his) belt and hopefully get the team going and try and get us one or two results quickly, if we can.”
Asked if Shaw’s spell could be extended until the New Year, or even beyond then, Sheridan replied: “Well, he hasn’t played a game yet so we’ll see how the kid gets on. He’s only a young player, he’s local, which is good, and like I say he’s been doing really well at Sheff Wednesday. People speak very highly of him.
“But he’s coming into a very tough league. It’ll be a different (experience). But I’m bringing him in because I think he can deal with it and hopefully he proves me right.”
Shaw helped Sheffield Wednesday’s U18 side to the Professional Development League North title last season, in which he made the first-team bench on three occasions without coming on.
He is a lifelong Owls fan and joined the club’s academy as an eight-year-old.