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Jeremy Helan joins Sheffield Wednesday

Ben Hoskins

Per BBC Sport:

Sheffield Wednesday have signed versatile winger Jeremy Helan for an undisclosed fee from Manchester City.

The 21-year-old Frenchman reportedly held talks with Wolves, but has chosen to return to Hillsborough, where he played 28 times on loan last season.

Helan, who made just one substitute appearance for City, has agreed a four-year contract with the Owls.

"We have done a lot of hard work to get him here," Wednesday manager Dave Jones told the club website.

"Other clubs were aware of what he did here last season and wanted him on board, but he really enjoyed his time here and wanted to come back.

"To get Jeremy on a permanent transfer represents a really good signing for the football club, and is a statement of intent because he is a really talented footballer. He is young and has a terrific future in the game."

I know that there will be a certain regular commentator in these parts disappointed with the decision that sees Helan move from the club permanently and there will be those who believed he was close (or at least should) to more regular position at senior level.

However, the facts are that Helan is now 21 years old and has been at the club for a number of years now without ever threatening to impose himself on the squad. A good player he may be (and I can't confess to have seen him up close too much) yet City's position as it is affords them the luxury of not having to force younger players into the side, and whilst this may mean there are some who are squeezed at, it does ensure that only the very best progress through.