Wednesdayites got their first glimpse of latest loan addition Alex Mighten in last night’s Papa John’s Trophy clash with Bradford City.
The exciting 20-year-old who represents England at under 20s level, joined The Owls on Monday from Premier League Nottingham Forest where he made 23 appearances for Steve Cooper’s side last season as they gained promotion to the top division.
There’s high hopes for Mighten at The City Ground and I got the downlow on the new Wednesday man from the Managing Editor of Nottingham Forest News and member of the ‘Red Side of the Trent’ podcast, Lee Clarke (@Clarkey_No1).
What kind of player is Alex Mighten?
“He's quick, skilful and will run himself into the ground in every game he plays for Wednesday. He's typically operated as a winger but could work in a system that utilises two floating number 10s.”
What are some of his best qualities that Wednesdayites can look forward to?
“His pace is the main one. He has a great turn of pace and he can often leave defenders having a flick through the programme as he skips past them.”
What are some of the things he’s not so good at?
“It's probably harsh to say he's not good at them but the one main thing he has to improve is his bravery in the sense of wanting to get on the ball. Mighten should improve that pretty comfortably in League One, however.”
The Owls usually prefer a 3-5-2 formation, is this one you could see Mighten fitting into? If so, where?
“I'm pleased it's a problem for Darren Moore and not for me to be honest with you. He recently played RWB for Forest in the Carabao Cup at Grimsby but I can see him taking one of the attacking positions at Wednesday. He's not averse to playing as a striker and that could work.”
I understand Mighten can play a number of positions but in your opinion which is his strongest?
“He's strongest on the left I think. He has the modern day trait of loving to cut inside and cause chaos with shots or deliveries into the box. It wouldn't be completely disastrous if he played on the right.”
Will Forest want him to be starting every week or so you think they’ll be understanding should Mighten be more of a substitute option for Wednesday?
“I think Forest could have let him go to the Championship if they weren't fussed on him featuring every week. In hindsight, he might have made our bench every week so it wouldn't make sense for him not to be playing. I'd be very disappointed to see him on the bench in L1.”
Do you see Mighten doing well in League One?
“Massively. If Moore gets him playing as we know he can, he could not only lead Wednesday to promotion but he could also be one of the signings of the summer.”