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Sheffield Wednesday’s praised man Julian Borner offers a threat in both boxes

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Sheffield Wednesday winger Kadeem Harris has heaped praise on his fellow summer arrival Julian Borner after the impact he has had on their season so far.

What’s he said?

Both players joined the south Yorkshire club on free transfers during the off-season under former boss Steve Bruce, and despite two managerial changes, they have been two of the standout stars for the Owls.

Harris has scored two goals and assisted two more in 12 starts while Borner was handed August’s Player of the Month award after two league clean sheets.

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Last Friday, the German netted his first goal for the club in their 1-1 draw at Cardiff City as he volleyed home from Harris’ own strike after just 19 minutes.

Speaking about Borner’s impact, the 26-year-old said:

“Julian has been tremendous this season, every single game, I think it was a brilliant move, but we can both give a lot more than we have so far.

“I am not surprised at his start to the season. I saw him in pre-season and saw his love for the game, how much he wanted to do well here.

“He has had a good start and hopefully he can do even better with the games to come.”

Added threat

Borner’s strike was one you’d expect from Steven Fletcher or another attack-minded player as he struck a sweet volley past the Cardiff goalkeeper.

But based on his career exploits, it is something that Wednesday fans should get used to as he has a knack for finding the net.

In four of his last five seasons in the Bundesliga 2 for Aminia Bielefeld, the 28-year-old has found the net at least three times with his best season earning a goal return of five in 2017/18.

Over the course of his career, Borner has netted 36 goals in 292 appearances, per Transfermarkt, which is quite an excellent return for a central defender.

He should get plenty of opportunities to add to that given that 0.6 of their 1.1 assists come from either a cross or corner each game, via WhoScored.

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