Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss rules out Wildsmith loan exit

Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith
Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith

Sheffield Wednesday have ruled out the possibility of academy graduate Joe Wildsmith leaving on loan to further his football education.

The shot-stopper has jumped ahead of Lewis Price in the pecking order for a starting berth, making four starts and one substitute appearance this term.

However, Wildsmith, aged 19, is set to make way for Keiren Westwood for tomorrow’s encounter with Brentford and be one of multiple changes made by Carvalhal.

The Portuguese said he is pleased with his goalkeeping pool and believes lifelong Owls fan Wildsmith has a “big, big future” in the sport.

He said: “Joe is a goalkeeper who must stay with us at the moment because he is a very good goalkeeper. He is playing fantastic.

“Sometimes when you play the type of game he did on Wednesday, it adds more value than 15 games in the first division or in another competition.”

Other players expected to be left-out are full-backs Liam Palmer and Rhoys Wiggins, but Carvalhal has praised the duo’s professionalism and application.

He said: “Liam [Palmer] made mistakes versus Burnley and he knows that after playing absolutely fantastic against Leeds. I put Jack Hunt in and he played very well. Jack will not play all the games because Liam is a very good full-back and he showed versus Newcastle that he is ready.

“Rhoys [Wiggins] was probably not ready when I put him in the team after seven to eight days of being here and didn’t play very well. Maybe it was my fault because he wasn’t 100% ready to play.

“We saw the real Rhoys the other night so I’m very happy with him.”