Gray singles out 'unplayable' Owls loanee Drenthe for praise after Charlton display

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray hailed Royston Drenthe as unplayable against Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Stuart Gray says that Royston Drenthe was unplayable during the first-half for Sheffield Wednesday against Charlton Athletic. 

Drenthe has had to wait a long time for his first start for the Owls since joining in the summer from Reading, but he grasped the opportunity with both hands when it finally came.

The rapid winger scored a sensational strike to open the scoring in the match and he was a constant threat throughout the opening 45 minutes. 

Gray admits that he did slow slightly in the second half, but Drenthe still impressed his manager with his performance. 

“In the first half he was just unplayable," he said to the club's official site

"He tired in the second half but that is going to happen because he is getting fit in games.

“But the more time he has on the field will help him in leaps and bounds.

“He came to us without having any kind of game-time to his name this season so he and we have to manage that situation.

“There is no doubting the talent he has and that ability to go one on one because he frightens defenders."

Drenthe should have established his position in the Owls starting line-up for the foreseeable future after that display. 

The side have struggled for goals throughout the campaign so far and his threat is something they have been missing all season.

Drenthe's strike was only the 12th the club have scored all season so far and, although it didn't prove to be the winner thanks to a late Igor Vetokele strike, it has provided some much needed optimism for the club's supporters.

The Owls are on a prolonged winless run, but the hope will be that the added attacking intent they have with Drenthe in the team can help them to a success in the imminent future. 

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