Fleetwood loan striker’s shot at fame

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On-loan striker Emmanuel Dieseruvwe is desperate to make his mark at Fleetwood Town.

The 18-year-old arrived last week as emergency cover for top-scorer Jamille Matt, who is expected to be sidelined for more than a month having picked up an ankle injury in training.

Dieseruvwe is with Fleetwood from parent club Sheffield Wednesday for an initial 28 days. And that’s more than enough, the young forward insists, to play a part in the club’s current success – not that he knew much about their fortunes before making his move west.

“I didn’t know much about the club,” admitted Dieseruvwe. “I just looked at the league table and I saw they were doing well.

“I was impressed by the league position and I couldn’t wait to get down and start training. I’m looking forward to making an impact.”

It was a swift turn-around for the youngster, who has already spent a spell on loan at Conference side Hyde, where he failed to find the net in eight games. Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander went to watch another player in a U21 game but spotted Dieseruvwe and decided to bring the striker to Highbury.

The Owls forward explained: “I was playing in a cup game and I think Graham Alexander came down to have a watch. I played quite well that day but it was still a surprise when I got the call next day to say I was going out to Fleetwood on loan.”

There’s no denying a striking similarity between Fleetwood’s new capture and top scorer Matt – both have similar physique and, on the evidence of Saturday’s brief appearance, similar technique around the box.

But the former Owls academy player would rather not know whose boots he is filling.

“I’m not thinking about who I’m filling in for,” he said. “I don’t know a great deal about Jamille. The lads haven’t really mentioned him but I have seen a few pictures.”

Dieseruvwe replaced David Ball with Fleetwood cruising to victory against 10-man Newport. They were already 4-1 ahead when he came on.

But the striker knows it is all valuable experience and enjoyed his first taste of life in League Two.

He said: “It was good to get on when the game was done and dusted, to get 10 minutes when the fans were enjoying themselves. It was good to get a flavour of it and to be involved, and I’m looking forward to getting more game-time while I’m here.”

And while his immediate mission is to help Fleetwood’s promotion push, Dieseruvwe knows goals in the Football League would send a strong message back to Hillsborough.

“I just want to prove myself at this level and show them back at Sheffield Wednesday what I can do,” he said.

“I want to play as many games as possible and score as many goals as I can.

“As long as I can do that and show what I’m capable of while I am here, that’s great.

“I’ve got a very good manager up at Sheffield Wednesday in Dave Jones and I’d love him to see me make my mark.”