Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Onus on players’ to be happy with rotation policy

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Carlos Carvalhal is confident he will have no issues managing his large squad at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls head coach’s desire to have two players for every position has left him with a bumper group, the majority of which would expect to start games.

So far during his time at Wednesday, Carvalhal has displayed a tendency to rotate his squad.

Tom Lees is the only player to have started all seven games so far this season while only one other outfield player – Alex Lopez – has started more than three consecutive matches.

While the weight of keeping the players happy falls on Carvalhal’s shoulders, he insists they themselves must prove they are worthy of a starting shirt.

“I said to them I want all the players in the squad to believe they can play tomorrow,” he said. “If they don’t believe they can play tomorrow, I don’t want this kind of player in my club.

“So they are not in the squad.

“I want a competitive group and all the players believe that.

“All of them are ready to play – and that is the most important thing.”

Carvalhal has held up the example of Liam Palmer to the rest of the squad for how to respond after being left out of the side.

Palmer did not feature on the team sheet for last months’ home game with Reading only to be handed a starting role against Leeds United three days later.

Carvalhal said: “We you have a match with Reading and draw, and after have a match with Leeds and draw but give a good performance this is very positive because it creates a positive dynamic.

“Liam Palmer was not in the squad against Reading and he played very, very well at Leeds.

“The players have examples like Liam Palmer.

“Everybody understands it can happen.

“It is very positive because we don’t have players sleeping. I don’t want that.

“I want them to be awake and they must fight for the positions.

“In this part of the dynamic we are good.

“We will play the players that understand the strategy, that have recovered better than others, that have no problems and can play 100 per cent – not 95 per cent.

“We will put out the best team we have in the moment.”

Another way Carvalhal will look to keep his players happy is by making some available when the emergency loan window opens today.

Several players were told last month they were free to make moves elsewhere but Stevie May was the only one to leave, joining Preston North End on a permanent deal.

It is understood that Caolan Lavery is one player the Owls hoped to send out before the summer transfer window closed last week.

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