Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray has paid tribute to Marnick Vermijl, claiming the versatile Owls player has knuckled down hard in training since being dropped.
Vermijl started back-to-back Championship fixtures after arriving for an undisclosed fee from Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
However, the 23-year-old was left out of the starting line-up following the Owls’ disappointing 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town last month.
Vermijl, formerly of Standard Liege, was an unused substitute for the next five matches, with Gray preferring Liam Palmer in the right-back role.
His first-team opportunities have been limited but Vermijl enhanced his reputation by delivering a steady performance on the right wing against Blackpool on Saturday after replacing Sam Hutchinson in the 18th minute.
Now the Belgian is pushing for a starting berth as Wednesday prepare to entertain Fulham this weekend.
Gray told The Star: “Marnick has had to be patient. He has suffered, like we all did, in the game at Ipswich.
“He got his opportunity at Blackpool and I thought his energy levels were good. I was delighted with his effort and commitment. Marnick is a good pro. One thing he hasn’t done is sulked. He’s rolled his sleeves up and grafted hard.”
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