Will Sam Hutchinson line up tonight against Millwall, one of the clubs who courted the versatile player over the summer?
Lions manager Ian Holloway offered Hutchinson a contract after Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho elected not to renew the 25-year-old’s contract at Stamford Bridge.
But Hutchinson snubbed Millwall and West Bromwich Albion’s advances, penning a two-year contract with Stuart Gray’s side, having spent the final couple of months of last season on loan with the Championship outfit.
Speaking in June, Holloway said: “Sam’s had a very traumatic few years because he would be in Chelsea’s first team if it wasn’t for some injuries.
“He’s someone who I see as being very useful to me because he can play in at least four positions and he would strengthen us.
“If he chooses us, I will be delighted. If he doesn’t, we’ll have to move on.”
There is a strong possibility Hutchinson will sit out tonight’s match with Millwall. The Londoner has never played three times in a week for the Owls due to his injury troubles but he insists he is feeling in “brilliant” condition. Hutchinson was an unused sub in last Tuesday’s cup victory over Notts County.
He said: “I feel brilliant. It was sensible not to start against County. I could have played but Stu is being a good manager and resting me. We’ve got four fantastic midfielders. If I get rested one week, you see the quality that comes in. We have great midfielders and good competition. I’m like every other player. I train every day. I manage some situations but I am more than happy to play whenever I am called upon.”
Hutchinson singled out new Owls striker Stevie May for praise after their goalless draw with Derby.
He said: “I think it was a good debut. Stevie looked quite sharp. He’s something different to what we’ve got up front.”