Sheffield Wednesday drew 3-3 with Cardiff City in this afternoon’s under-21 clash and Sam Reed caught the eye. The defender played the full game as the Owls left it late to earn a share of the spoils.

As the first team go in search of their first point of 2023/24, the under-21s were looking to claim their first win too. They drew 2-2 with Millwall on the opening day of the campaign and were left frustrated today as well.

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Cardiff were buoyed by youngster Chanka Zimba who scored a brilliant hat-trick. For Wednesday, Bailey-Tye Cadamarteri was the man in good form, scoring two more goals after Guilherme Leal Siqueira had scored Wednesday’s first.

It was a defender who enjoyed a very positive performance though. Reed was praised by The Star’s Owls correspondent, Joe Crann, for one particular attribute that he found very impressive.

Reed was signed on a permanent deal in the summer from Brighouse Town. The non-league club were powerless to prevent him from joining Wednesday and he spent the summer training with the senior ranks.

Crann tweeted during that game, suggesting that Reed would be able to look after himself on the football pitch. The youngster was praised for his strong tackles that were apparently evident throughout the contest.

Reed will have signed for Wednesday with one thing in mind. Although it will be a process with his development, he will hope that one day he can impress first-team head coach Xisco Munoz.

Crann raves about Reed during Wednesday under-21s clash

At 20-years-old, the defender won’t want to be playing development football for much longer. Indeed, given that he appears to be very strong in the tackle, perhaps Wednesday could utilise him now.

It’s been a miserable start to the campaign for the Owls. They’ve lost all three of their opening games and the promotion win seems like a long time ago given their form right now.

Reed is born and bred Wednesday and the club’s current form will leave him feeling bruised. Having a player in the ranks who is a Wednesdayite when the chips are down would hardly be a bad thing.

The left-sided defender could hardly do any worse than the current crop right now. As a result, perhaps now could be the perfect time to hand Reed a chance to star in the Wednesday team.

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