Sheffield Wednesday: Lachman ready to make Owls impact

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He is perhaps not the high-profile signing Wednesdayites wanted to kick-off their summer recruitment drive.

But Darryl Lachman is confident he possesses the qualities to be a big success in English football.

Darryl Lachman

Darryl Lachman

The Owls bolstered their backline by completing the signing of defender Lachman for an undisclosed fee from Eredivisie outfit FC Twente yesterday.

When pressed on his main attributes, Lachman told The Star: “I’m a confident player and like to take risks.

“Sometimes it can go wrong and you have to learn from your mistakes.

“I like to come out from the back and play with the ball. I don’t like to put the ball in the stands unless it’s necessary.

“It looks a little bit arrogant if you see me play but I am very confident in what I am doing.”

The 25-year-old, a graduate of Ajax’s fabled youth system, moved to FC Groningen before joining PEC Zwolle where he won the second tier title before lifting the KNVB Cup to earn Europa League qualification.

Lachman headed to FC Twente last summer and went on to start 15 times in the Eredivisie as well as two games in Europa League qualification rounds.

“I had two years left on my contract at FC Twente but they didn’t want me anymore so I knew I had to have a look for something else,” he said. “I knew it was the end of the road.

“It was a rough situation for me so it was a good solution that I could come to Sheffield Wednesday. I was excited when they came in for me.”

Lachman has never played in England before but is sure he will adapt.

“I am expecting it to be a higher level than in Holland so it’s a chance to develop myself,” he said.

Regarded as a cultured defender, Lachman has earned recognition on the international stage, playing for the Caribbean island of Curacao – currently managed by ex-Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert – winning four caps, including two earlier this month in World Cup qualifying.

He admitted “I was with the national team when my agent told me about Wednesday’s interest three weeks ago so my focus was on playing the two games.”

Lachman will be competing for a centre-back spot with Tom Lees and skipper Glenn Loovens, who has agreed a new one-year contract, although the club have yet officially confirm the news.

“I am looking forward to my first training session and meeting everybody next week,” he said. “I know the club kept a lot of clean sheets last season but I want to show that I am good enough to be first choice.”

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