SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Man of steel is cast-iron selection

Mr Consistency: Owls midfield man Jose Semedo
Mr Consistency: Owls midfield man Jose Semedo
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ALL thoughts around Sheffield 6 right now are, understandably, firmly on the League One promotion battle and the scrap for the second automatic promotion spot.

On what needs to be done, on working out the permutations - perhaps even pondering the ‘what ifs’.

But, among all the variables, the one thing they can guarantee is a solid performance from Jose Semedo.

He was snapped up by Gary Megson as the then Owls’ boss’s fourth summer signing and he headed north to Sheffield to immediately be dubbed ‘Man of Steel’.

It has proved an appropriate moniker. As a defensive midfield player primarily in the holding role, the 27-year-old has proved one of the major successes of the season for the Owls.

His is the sort of role that puts team before self. He has provided a solidity in the midfield that gives others the licence to go forward.

Not spectacular - but spectacularly efficient. A “first on the teamsheet” type (as he has been for all 43 league games so far) who turns in reliable, consistent performances and a manager knows what he’s going to get.

The type who does a job in a promotion-winning side - automatic or otherwise.

Semedo might be excused if he should have his attention diverted elsewhere later this week. It’s quite likely.

To the Europa League and the semi-finals of Europe’s second tier competition on Thursday night.

The Semedo interest lies in Sporting Lisbon’s appearance when they stage the first leg of their semi against Man United’s conquerors, Athletic Bilbao.

It was with Sporting Lisbon that Semedo began his career. Indeed, he was to be capped by Portugal at Under 21 level whilst he was there.

When he departed the sun of Lisbon in 2007, it was for the chillier climes of south London because he pitched up at Charlton Athletic.

Last season, he was their Player of the Year but even that couldn’t persuade Charlton boss Chris Powell to decide he would be part of this season’s plans.

It was a decision that has proved to be very much Sheffield Wednesday’s gain.