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Sheffield Wednesday got it wrong with Conor Grant

Sheffield Wednesday‘s decision to sell Conor Grant in 2021 looks to have backfired, as the Irish youngster continues to impress with his performances.

The Republic of Ireland U’21 international left the Owls for Rochdale in February 2021 and quickly established himself as a regular with the Dale in League One, despite making just one senior appearance in his Sheffield Wednesday career.

Grant would make 20 appearances that season for Rochdale as they were relegated to League Two, contributing one goal in that time, but his overall performances were already beginning to catch the eye.

Manager at the time Brian Barry-Murphy, who now coaches elite talents with Manchester City’s academy, spoke extremely highly of Grant’s ability.

He said:

“He’s an incredible player. I said to the fellas over here in England, if he was Spanish you’d say he was a typical Spaniard.

“When you think about Wes Hoolahan and the influence he had on the Irish squad, it was always a case of ‘we don’t have anything else like him’. I’m not saying Conor is better than Wes at this stage of his career but he’s equally as talented, equally as creative.

“The way he plays the game, he’s incredible to watch.”

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Grant would go on to make 58 appearances for Dale, contributing five goals and four assists, before earning a move to MK Dons earlier in the summer.

He already has two goals and one assist for Liam Manning’s side and if he can transform his ability on the ball into goals and assists, it would not be a surprise to see him attract interest from higher up in the future.

Manning suggested that Grant has “huge potential” after he notched a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Morecambe, which begs the question why he was allowed to leave Wednesday, for what was likely a minimal fee, in 2021.

Considering he is now a regular with a fellow League One side at the age of 21, and only looks as if he will get better, Owls manager Darren Moore may well end up regretting his decision to let the youngster go last year.

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