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Sheffield Wednesday: Matt Penney loving life on loan at St Pauli

Sheffield Wednesday: Matt Penney loving life on loan at St Pauli

Sheffield Wednesday’s Matt Penney believes that he is “thriving” in his loan spell at St Pauli (via swfc.co.uk).

The 21-year-old joined the German Bundesliga 2 outfit on a temporary basis in the summer and will spend the rest of the 2019/20 campaign in Hamburg.

Penney broke into the Sheffield Wednesday first team last season and made 16 appearances including 12 starts in the Championship under Jos Luhukay (Transfermarkt).

However, when the Dutchman was sacked in December 2018, it led to the left sided player dropping out of the team and he didn’t make single league appearance for the remainder of the campaign (Transfermarkt).

In order to ensure that the player received more minutes on the pitch this season, Wednesday allowed him to go out on loan to St Pauli, and it is a case of so far, so good for the Chesterfield-born starlet.

“I decided to try something different by going abroad and I’m thriving off it at the minute and really enjoying it,” Penney told Sheffield Wednesday’s official website.

“As soon as I got here, I realised it was a massive club, the average home attendance is around 30,000.

“It’s great to get back playing in front of big crowds in big games. The Hamburg derby when we won 2-0 was crazy, it’s been amazing.”

It is excellent news for both Sheffield Wednesday and Penney that his loan spell at St Pauli has gone well so far.

The player is enjoying plenty of game time in Germany, which is vital at the age of 21 as it will aid his development and should mean that the Owls have a better player on their hands when he returns to Hillsborough.

Indeed, he has started six matches already this season and is currently averaging 1.7 tackles, 1.1 dribbles, 1.0 clearances and 1.0 interceptions per game from a full-back position which is positive (SofaScore).

The Owls will hope that he continues to get minutes under his belt in Hamburg in order to improve his game ahead of his return to South Yorkshire in the summer.

Sheffield Wednesday fans, do you think that Matt Penney has a future at Hillsborough? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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