Sam Hutchinson lasted about 15 minutes on the pitch against Bolton Wanderers.
It more than doubles the amount of time he spent on the pitch during his last appearance for the Owls against Watford when he was stretchered off in the sixth minute.
Now fit and healthy, Hutchinson can’t play against Birmingham next week after his red card versus Bolton so it begs the question: is he worth the risk?
Sam joined Wednesday on loan in February 2014 and made 10 appearances last season. In those 10 games he was sent off twice for two bookable offences and picked up a yellow card in four other matches. This season he has managed five appearances where he was booked at home to Derby and sent off against Bolton.
So is it ill-disciplined behaviour or does he just need to curb his enthusiasm? Liam Palmer thinks it’s the latter and defended him this week saying that he was “too keen to make an impact”. I like that he wants to play and that he’s eager to prove himself but I’m concerned that through injury and suspension he makes himself a risky player for selection. The impact he is having puts pressure on the other players in the team.
Against Watford, he was so “keen” to prove he was fit he lunged in with three ‘committed’ challenges and sustained a knee injury. At least it was not his old knee problem. If Hutchinson can’t rein in this over enthusiasm he is likely to spend more and more time in the stand. What use is that to Stuart Gray?
I like Sam Hutchinson and think that fully fit he could be a great asset to the team. The problem is we see him so rarely on the pitch to know whether he can fulfil his potential.