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Canada, Purpose and the Virtue of Patience: Inside Theo Corbeanu’s Sheffield Wednesday Switch UK News

The 19-year-old forward, whose one-season Premier League loan Wolverhampton Wanderers was announced on Monday afternoon, was a player the Owls had been watching for some time. Ideally, he would have been part of the club’s extensive preseason schedule.

But the teenager was racing to the Gold Cup semi-finals with his native Canada. Wednesday and Moore had to wait to get their man.

“We’re really excited to have Theo,” Moore told The Star. “He’s a different type of offensive player and I’m really happy to have him.

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Theo Corbeanu is a Sheffield player on Wednesday after signing a one-season loan from Wolves.

“We wanted him to be early in the summer, but he obviously had to come away with the Gold Cup, so we knew we had to be patient and wait for him.”

Canada did not come out of the Gold Cup until Friday thanks to an excruciating last-minute semi-final loss to Mexico.

And from that game in Houston, from London to Sheffield via a pit stop in the Midlands, Corbeanu went straight to business at the Middlewood Road training ground. The senior players have had time off so he would have met his new teammates on Tuesday morning.

Moore said, “Hopefully he can get over his jet lag and everything in between so that we can train him and prepare him.

“We’re really happy, he gives us a wonderful balance, he’s someone who can go both ways which will cause problems for defenders, he’s as happy to run them on the outside as he is inside.

“He’s a promising young player and we should be delighted to have him here in Sheffield on Wednesday. We’ve had some competition in the league we’re in now. I just want to set it up and integrate it and let that talent flourish.

Corbeanu is also happy to show what he can do. A former Romanian youth international due to his parents’ nationality, speaking to the official website on Wednesday, he revealed knowledge of the club dating back to his youth.

“I hope this is my breakout season,” he said. “This is my first season of real men’s football and I can’t wait to go.

“Everyone, even in Canada, knows the history of this club. I knew Hillsborough and watched a few Wednesday games as a kid, the atmosphere is unreal.

“When I found out it was an option I was really excited and happy.”

So is Corbeanu determined to make his Charlton Athletic debut on Saturday? Moore kept his cards close to his chest, but suggested there should be patience when it comes to the youngster.

“Don’t put too much on him too soon,” he said. “He played the Gold Cup, he had to recover from it. We will see the hoe pass the next few days. I don’t want to put too much on him too soon.

“We’ll see the next few days, if I feel he’s ready to go, he might be included on Saturday, but I won’t be making any hasty decisions, I will just see how he is over the next few days in training.”

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