Sheffield Wednesday: Midfield grafter out to prove a point
Combative midfielder Jose Semedo has vowed to prove to Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal he is worthy of a starting spot in their pursuit of Premier League football.
Semedo, out of contract at the end of the season, has only started once since the turn of the year, with Carvalhal preferring Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee in the centre.
Along with Joe Bennett and Alex Lopez, the Portuguese player was given a run-out in the Owls Under-21s 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City at Hillsborough yesterday. While Bennett was taken off early in the second half as a precautionary measure after picking up a knock, Semedo completed the full 90 minutes.
The 31-year-old told The Star: “Carlos spoke with me on Saturday and said he wanted me to play 90 minutes because it has been a long time since I played a game. It’s not first-team football but you still get something out of it.
“When the senior guys step down, we try to help the young boys and pass on our experience as much as we can and it helps us as we get minutes under our belts.
“The players have to do their best every single day on the training ground and in Under-21 games. You need to show the manager that you are able to compete for a place and are ready whenever you are needed.
“But, you know as a footballer, when the team is winning that it is hard for the manager to change things.”