Sheffield Wednesday: Liam Palmer happy to play wherever he is required

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Homegrown hero Liam Palmer says he is happy to be Sheffield Wednesday’s utility man this season.

Palmer, who joined the Owls as a seven-year-old in 1997, grew up playing in central midfield.

But in recent years, the Worksop-born player has been converted into a right-back.

Palmer, though, struggled to command a regular first-team place last season as boss Carlos Carvalhal mainly utilised Jack Hunt in the role.

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However, Carvalhal has turned to Palmer to ease his left-back shortage in pre-season. The 24-year-old has acquitted himself well in Wednesday’s two friendly victories over Chesterfield and Portuguese champions Benfica.

Carvalhal has been pleased with Palmer’s contribution but hopes it is just a temporary measure. He is keen for Wednesday to sign two new left-backs. The Star understands the Championship club remain interested in bringing Czech Republic international Daniel Pudil back to Hillsborough.

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Palmer told The Star: “I’ve played in various positions over the years; I think I’ve only not played in goal!

“I’m not thinking about it too much. There are probably going to be players coming in in that position so I’m under no illusions. As long as I’m playing, I’m happy. I will play wherever the manager needs me.”

Competition for places is fierce on the right-hand side of Wednesday’s defence, with Hunt, Palmer and Marnick Vermijl all pushing to start their televised league opener against Aston Villa on August 7.

Palmer conceded: “We have a lot of competition there. Marnick has come back from Preston so there’s another one in the hat.

“But it is the same in every position. The competition drives us all on.

“It showed last year that strength in depth is needed when you are playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday.”

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