Steven Fletcher says released Sheffield Wednesday teammate was best player at Wolverhampton Wanderers

Steven Fletcher of Sheff Weds looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, United...

Fletcher reunited with his former Wolverhampton Wanderers teammate at Sheffield Wednesday.

Steven Fletcher of Sheff Weds looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on November 9, 2018 in Sheffield, United...

Steven Fletcher has named a player recently released by Sheffield Wednesday as the best of his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fletcher top scored in each of his two seasons at Wolves, which occurred during the Molineux side's previous top-flight spell at the start of this decade.

But asked to name the top players from his time there, the Scotland striker gave an unexpected response.

 

"When I first went, Dave Jones," Fletcher told Open Goal. "He’s here now (at Sheffield Wednesday). Does nay give the ball away!

"We were in yesterday (the day before the interview was conducted), the boys that played, and we did a cool-down. So the boys that never played were playing five-os (five-a-sides) the next day.

"We were all sat, lying on the grass watching them and he was the best player in training yesterday, just bopping the ball about.

"And I was saying to the lads who were lying next to me, I was like: listen, you see when he was at Wolves, obviously, he was in his prime and that. He never gave the ball away - at all, ever! And obviously, in the Premier League.

David Jones of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.O.N 3rd Round Replay match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Doncaster...

"I was saying to them, the Championship’s hectic. If you take a touch somebody’s (wraps his palm around his fist). In the Premier League, you’ve got a bit more time on the ball, you know what I mean? They kind of make you make the mistakes. You’ll give the ball away with the pass and they’ll punish you. He was on the ball, he was just keeping it.

"He was just frightening for us, my first year at Wolves anyway. You could tell (he was at Manchester United)."

Fletcher and Jones were reunited at Sheffield Wednesday in the 2016 summer transfer window.

David Jones of Sheffield Wednesday during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Hillsborough Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Unlike his teammate, however, the latter found his game time limited after Carlos Carvalhal's departure as manager the following December.

Now 34, Jones was one of six senior players whose contracts are not being renewed by the new Owls boss, Steve Bruce, along with Daniel Pudil, Almen Abdi, George Boyd, Gary Hooper and Marco Matias.

Another of the pair's Wolves colleagues, Sam Winnall, remains on Sheffield Wednesday's books.

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