Sheffield Wednesday: Team success over personal accolades for midfield ace

Lewis McGugan
Lewis McGugan

Owls star Lewis McGugan insists he takes more pleasure in the team winning matches than he does in scoring goals.

The cultured midfielder - on his third Owls ‘debut’ after two previous loan spells - registered in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Bristol City last weekend.

Although McGugan is hoping to improve on the three goals he managed during the 2014/15 campaign, the former Nottingham Forest and Watford player is more focused on team success than personal accolades.

McGugan, named in the Football League Team of the Week, told The Star: “I set myself a target; goals have been quite a big factor throughout my career.

“I want to try and score goals from midfield but the most important thing is to help the team. If I can get goals along the way, that’s brilliant.”

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has stated his desire to improve McGugan’s all-around play. The 26-year-old, who made a crucial goal-line clearance at 1-0 in Saturday’s opener, is enjoying playing in a more advanced role in the Owls’ 4-2-3-1 formation, with Atdhe Nuhiu utilised as the lone striker.

He said: “It’s just a case of trying to learn what the gaffer wants from me, and vice-versa. I have just got to do my best to help the team, and wherever the gaffer feels best for me to play.

“Whatever role it is, I just have to do it to the best of my ability.”

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