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Cardiff: Sheff Wed 'Macca' Opinion

Vital Cardiff City asked Vital Wednesday for their thoughts on new recruit Steven MacLean.

You can also read about a poll ( here)in which Sheffield Wednesday thanked MacLean for his committment and admonished the board for letting him go.



What sort of striker is he?

He's a 'fox in the box' type player - doesn't get many long range screamers, but always seems to be on the end of tap ins, which says a lot about his birlliant positioning. He also HAS to be your new penalty taker, hasn't missed one since joining us, and he must have taken 12-15. Lacks pace, and if he had that he'd be in the Premiership, but he has a good 'footballing brain', good passing, links the play well and is surprisingly quite strong to say he's not exactly well built.

Would he work well with Chopra, or better with a bigger striker?

He'd probably work well alongside a bigger striker. As I said, he's not the biggest himself and isn't going to get many headers for you from set pieces, but he works well linking well with a strong man. Did it with Lee Peacock and Kenwyne Jones for us, and also with Burton. That's not to say he can't play alongside Chopra though, he can adjust pretty well to different strike pairings.


Should we be worried about injuries?


I wouldn't be. He had a bad injury with us which ruled him out for some time but he came through last season unscathed. Every player has injuries, hopefully that will be Macca's behind him.


If he played a full season, how many goals would you expect?


In a decent team I'd expect him to get 20 in a season, maybe more - if he's in the first team. His goalscoring record with us is second to none.


Why do you think he left ?


Wednesday fans have various reasons why he left. Some say it was because he fell out with the chairman or the manager. In one game last season he scored a late penalty and promprtly put his fist up towards the south stand, nobody knows whether it was to Laws or to the chairman - of course it could have been for entirely different reasons. The official response from the club though seems to be that we simply couldn't afford to keep him, and you offered him shed loads more money!


Are you sorry to see him leave?


I am, definately. I loved Macca, he always gave 100% and on top of that he wasn't a bad little player either. Probably someone we'd pay in excess of as million for, and you got him for free!




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So there we have it ! Not the architypal number 9, but an adaptable and intelligent striker. MacLean should be able to fit into our system well and can be prolific alongside Chopra.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Tuesday June 26 2007
Time: 9:36AM

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