Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer inspires young Owls

Liam Palmer has shown the path to the first team
Liam Palmer has shown the path to the first team

Liam Palmer is proud to have a set an example to the Owls’ up-and-coming players.

He and team-mate Caolan Lavery have both shown that it is possible for youngsters to break into the first team.

Jack Stobbs is the latest to make the breakthrough after he was given his debut against Bolton.

Palmer, the club’s Player of the Year, said: “The manager has touched on bringing Jack through and a few of the younger boys.

“It’s good for them to see a pathway to the first team and they look at me and Caolan as a bit of an inspiration; younger boys, looking up, can see that a structure is in place and if they want it and work for it then it’s possible.

“In that respect it’s an honour to be that figurehead for the boys who are coming through and the younger players who are looking up from the academy. Long may that continue.”

Palmer sits out today’s game at Ipswich because of his hip problem, and with Lewis Buxton injured as well, manager Stuart Gray has admitted that having to move Kieran Lee to right back has caused a problem in midfield.

Gray reflected: “Kieran was a right back at Oldham; he’s having to play there because of our injuries; we’ve probably missed him in that midfield area.

“It just shows that probably we haven’t got the strength in depth that I want.

“In the last few games we’ve found it difficult against teams who haven’t had major injuries. We haven’t been able to field our strongest side.

“I’m not using that as an excuse. but you probably need several players who can wear different hats.”

Jose Semedo, like Palmer and Buxton, is versatile but has been sidelined by injury.