Owls Fans Column: If only all loan stars were like Ben Marshall

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Wednesday fans still discuss Ben Marshall. The Blackburn Rovers winger was only with the Owls for five months but prior to signing for Rovers, there was always a hope that he might come back to us.

Delusions over, it’s plain to see that Marshall is flourishing across the Pennines. His manager Gary Bowyer was asked recently whether there was a better Championship player than Marshall, he said, “It would be very difficult to find one that is.”

Short-term loans like Marshall can make a big difference to clubs like Wednesday who can’t afford to pay out a lump sum. It’s a constant debate as to whether they do more harm than good but there’s merit on both sides of the argument.

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