This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Sheffield Wednesday’s defence has been their major strong point under Garry Monk since he took charge at the start of September.
This can’t have come too much as a surprise considering the 40-year-old was a rock at the back for Swansea City for the best part of ten years.
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However, a player that Monk is yet to see for himself is beginning to impress away from the club as Matt Penney is enjoying a fruitful loan spell in Germany for FC St. Pauli, who play in the 2. Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old has played seven games for the 11th-placed side with the most notable aspects of his game hinting towards him becoming an excellent wing-back option in the future.
Via WhoScored, Penney is averaging 1.7 tackles, 1.1 dribbles, and 1.3 long balls per game, and he has done so playing pretty much every position possible along the left side.
Speaking about his loan move, the Wednesday academy graduate said: “I decided to try something different by going abroad, and I’m thriving off it at the minute and really enjoying it.”
The left-back has only played 17 times for the Owls since making his debut in August 2018 against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup, and this spell at St. Pauli is the third loan move of his career having also played for Bradford City and Mansfield Town.
Penney added: “I just want to come over here, keep playing and keep challenging myself.
“Then, when I come back to Wednesday, I’ll be a better player with more experience under my belt having played regular football.
“I feel like I’m getting better and more confident with each game.”
He has certainly given Wednesday boss Monk plenty to think about ahead of the summer, especially as a decision is yet to be made over Fox, who sees his contract expire at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old is the only genuine senior left-sided option in the squad at the moment, so even if he does re-sign at Hillsborough, it is likely that Penney could offer some healthy competition next season.