Will Keane is fired up to im­press on loan at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ben Baker

HE WAS not aware of it at the time but Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s new loa­nee Will Keane was en­dear­ing him­self to Owls fans back in 2011 as he scored twice to deny city-ri­vals United in the FA Youth Cup fi­nal.

And the Manch­ester United young­ster says he is now ready to show the Hills­bor­ough faith­ful what he can do at closer quar­ters af­ter fi­nally get­ting off the mark last week­end.

Four years ago striker Keane was lining up along­side the likes of Paul Pogba and Ravel Mor­ri­son as United beat the Blades 6-3 on ag­gre­gate to lift the FA Youth Cup.


The striker notched a goal in both legs but has since failed to im­pose him­self on the first team at Old Traf­ford, see­ing the likes of James Wil­son jump ahead of him in the peck­ing or­der.

Miss­ing the en­tirety of the 2012/13 sea­son with a knee in­jury did not help, nor did fail­ing to find the net in 14 Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances in Wi­gan and QPR colours last term.

How­ever, the 22-year-old fi­nally broke his duck last Satur­day, scor­ing a penalty at Hills­bor­ough to sal­vage a point against Cardiff.

And Keane, who was on the United bench as Stoke vis­ited Old Traf­ford in De­cem­ber, is adamant he is ready to start prov­ing his worth.

“As a striker it is al­ways a re­lief to get your first goal, so I was pleased to get off the mark against Cardiff as I felt I had been play­ing well and was just wait­ing to find the net,” he said.

“I am al­ways con­fi­dent when it comes to penal­ties. Even the best play­ers in the world miss penal­ties, so I just backed my­self, picked my spot, struck it well and I was pleased to see the goal­keeper go the wrong way and the ball hit the net.

“As a striker, get­ting off the mark is al­ways im­por­tant and hope­fully I can con­tinue to build on this, it was just a shame that I couldn’t score against Ip­swich on Tues­day night, too.

“I am happy with my game since I came to Wed­nes­day and that is why I came here, for game time. I think I have al­ready got bet­ter in the few games I have played and they come thick and fast in the Cham­pi­onship, so I think I will only im­prove.

“I could have stuck around at Man United and been in and around the squad there, but I want to be play­ing games be­cause that is how you will get recog­nised.

“I played a lot of Un­der-21 foot­ball with Man United this sea­son but I feel like I have done my time there and I am ready for the next step up, which I feel the Cham­pi­onship is.”


Keane’s for­mer Youth Cup win­ning team-mates in­clude Tom Thorpe, Jesse Lin­gard and Tyler Black­ett, three play­ers who have grad­u­ated to the first team on oc­ca­sions this sea­son un­der Louis Van Gaal.

But Keane has not once re­gret­ted his de­ci­sion to drop down a league and wants to knuckle down to ac­tion in the sec­ond tier.

“I have ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship with both Wi­gan and QPR and what struck me then was just what a tough league it is,” he added.

“Ev­ery­one knows that any­one can beat any­one in this league but this sea­son seems even more ridicu­lous in that re­gard.

“We were do­ing well but the wheels fell off a bit of late, but I don’t think we should panic too much.

“I think we have a re­ally good squad and the team spirit since I have ar­rived has been great. This is a big club and we are cer­tainly head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, so hope­fully I can play my part.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

KEANE AS MUS­TARD: Will Keane con­trols the ball for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and, inset, scor­ing in the FA Youth Cup fi­nal

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