Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ace out to prove a point

Liam Palmer
Liam Palmer

Right-back Liam Palmer has vowed to prove to Owls chief Carlos Carvalhal he is worthy of a regular first-team spot.

Palmer has struggled to force his way into Carvalhal’s plans and made only his third Championship start of the season in Tuesday’s draw at Queens Park Rangers.

The Worksop-born player was one of seven changes made by Carvalhal, who is a big believer in a squad rotation. The 24-year-old enhanced his reputation by helping Wednesday record a third league clean sheet.

He told The Star: “Hopefully I made a point. I just wanted to show that I am ready and he [Carvalhal] can trust me and put me in.

“When I am not in the team, I am working hard to stay fit, strong and do the right things so that I am there when I do get called upon.”

Competition for places is fierce at Hillsborough, with Palmer battling Crystal Palace loanee Jack Hunt for a starting berth.

“Jack has been great for us,” said Palmer. “He is a very good player.

“If I’m playing, I always wish him luck and vice versa. I want the team to do well.

“But it is not just the two of us. There is competition all over the pitch which is only good for the team.”

Having featured in less than half of the Owls fixtures this term, Palmer has expressed his frustration at his lack of action.

He said: “It is tough to take being in and out of the side but it is for the good of the team. We made seven changes against Newcastle and QPR and got positive results.

“You know you have got to be on top of your game. We have got good players in Daniel [Pudil] and Jack who have been playing, but we are trying to knock them off their perch. You just never when you are going to be called upon so you have to give your all and leave it all out on the pitch.

“If you are going to be up there at the end of the season, you need the whole squad so we all need to be on board with that.”

Palmer hopes to retain his place when the Owls travel to Rotherham United tomorrow night.

“We have got some good players in this league,” he said. “You look at both games with Hull and QPR and maybe we could have nicked a win. It just shows how far we have come that we are competing with two sides who were in the Premier League not that long ago.”

Academy duo Matt Penney and Connor Kirby have penned pro deals, tying them down until 2018.

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