LIAM Palmer is prepared to be patient in a bid to hold down a place in the Wednesday side.
He has played with some distinction in midfield and at right back and has been praised several times by Gary Megson.
But the form of others - principally midfielders Chris Lines, Jose Semedo and James O’Connor and right back Lewis Buxton - have meant few opportunities.
And the 20-year-old looks set to make way for loan signing James Tavernier against Leyton Orient at Hillsborough on Saturday, after standing in for Buxton at Tranmere last Saturday.
Palmer acknowledges the form of Lines, who scored for the second successive game, at Prenton Park: “He is flying at the moment. I was not there for the Morecambe match but I watched it on my laptop and he scored a quality goal there.
“He has got a lot of ability, especially on the ball. His passing is up there with the best.
“He has been a great buy. He has got his chance and taken it. He is playing in the middle now and that is where he is most happy.
“Chris is scoring goals and I think we are starting to see the best of him. He is growing in confidence and that can only be a good thing.”
Palmer almost grabbed a goal for himself with a surging run from right back and a powerful shot that went just wide, Megson believes than he is naturally better at going forward than defending.
Says the player: “I enjoyed it once I settled into the position. I am not fussed where I play. As long as I am playing I am happy.
“I have played there a few times before in the cup competitions. It is always good to learn and adapt to new positions. It gives you that little bit of extra knowledge. You have to embrace playing in different positions and that is what I am trying to do.
“Rob Jones, Danny Batth and Stephen Bywater talked to me throughout and that helped. James O’Connor in front of me offered that little bit of extra defensive cover too. The lads were great with me through the match. They want me to do well and that is why they kept talking to me.
“My preferred position is central midfield but we have lots of good players in that area. I’m fine playing wherever whether it is right-back, right wing or central midfield.
“We are winning, so you can’t really change a crucial part of the team for the sake of it. I understand Chris and Jose are doing well so I have to keep my head down, keep working hard and when I get a chance hopefully I will give a good account of myself.
“I just want to play games and help the team get into the top two.”
He feels that the 2-1 win at Tranmere - earned by Lines’s goal and a winner from Ryan Lowe - kept the club on track.
“It was a great result but we are looking to kick on. It was a tough task but we dug in and ground it out.
“The league is starting to take shape now. If we come through the Christmas period with a few wins, we are on course to do well.”
Palmer had to miss the previous game, the Cup tie at Morecambe, because he was in the Scotland Under 21 squad for a European Championship match the next day against Holland in Nijmegen. Victory ended Holland’s 100 per cent record in qualifiers.
He now has six caps. “It a great honour and experience to play for your country,” said Palmer, who has a Scottish grandmother. “Holland are one of the best sides in the world.”