Owls kid Liam on right track as he follows Sterland

Successful switch: Liam Palmer plays in midfield but has also shone at right back on occasions and his positional move has been likened by Gary Megson to that of Mel Sterland
Successful switch: Liam Palmer plays in midfield but has also shone at right back on occasions and his positional move has been likened by Gary Megson to that of Mel Sterland
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GARY Megson believes that Liam Palmer could follow the example of Owls legend Mel Sterland by making a lasting success of a positional switch.

Midfield form earned Palmer a breakthrough into the Scotland Under-19 and U-21 squads - and his latest call-up rules him out of the Owls’ televised match at Charlton on Monday.

But he has also excelled in a few spells at right back for the club during the last few weeks and earned high praise from Megson.

“I put Liam at right back in the friendly at Worksop for a quarter of an hour and he did ever so well; he also went back against Blackburn and did even better, against players of much higher quality,” he said.

”The other day at Bradford, he looked as if he’s got all the qualities to play there.

“When I first came here [as a player], big Zico [Sterland] was a midfield player. Jack [Charlton] moved him to right back and he had a fantastic career. Sometimes you can play in one position but you can get an opportunity or it just arises through necessity that you play somewhere else and you take to it like a duck to water. Liam has certainly done that.”

Palmer, aged 19, is in the Scotland U-21 squad for a European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria at St Mirren on Monday.

Reda Johnson, though not in the Owls’ first-choice side, also misses the Charlton game because he is away with Benin.

Julian Bennett is under treatment for the hamstring problem that sidelined him for the Bradford game.

Jermaine Johnson is now due to resume full training on Monday but will not figure at The Valley.

Mark Beevers is ineligible to play for MK Dons at Hillsborough a week tomorrow after joining them on loan.