Carlos Carvalhal, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, has challenged those currently on the periphery of his squad to prove they deserve more first-team opportunities.
Darryl Lachman, Sergiu Bus and Stevie May have sat-out the Owls’ opening two fixtures, failing to even be included on the substitutes bench.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Ipswich Town, Carvalhal said: “When I played in my career, I probably played 90% of the time when I was younger.
“Sometimes I didn’t play but I never said I wanted to leave because I am on the bench. What I had to do was fight to get in the first eleven.
“When I didn’t play, I fought a lot to persuade the coach to give me a chance. I never put my hands down and said I’m not playing.”
The Portuguese is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting line-up as he continues to rotate his squad.
“We have more than 20 players so not everyone can play,” he said.
“It’s not just us. It’s all the teams in the world.
“Some players will be part of the line-up. Some players will be part of the bench and some players will stay out.
“I pick 11 to play, seven for the bench and there will be some players out of the squad.
“You see the character of the players when they are out of the squad and how they fight to get back into the team.”