Sam Hutchinson has trained as a centre back since Sheffield Wednesday returned for pre-season, Carlos Carvalhal has revealed.
Wednesday’s head coach says the 26-year-old will be used as a defender this year, dropping back from the midfield role in which he has mainly played since arriving at Hillsborough.
Though an ankle injury to Glenn Loovens – who will miss the start of the season – may have forced his hand, Carvalhal says he had marked out Hutchinson for the role due to his ability to play out from the back.
“Sam has known since the beginning of the season and has trained with everyone at centre-back,” Carvalhal said. “We often play him at centre-half even though we know he can play in midfield or at right-back. He can play everywhere. He’s training like a centre-back.
“Sam was a centre-half before. He knows the position.
“He’s a clever player. He’s very strong, is good with his head and speed. He’s a good footballer.
“We like to start from the back and he’s a player who has very good abilities.
“He has everything to play at centre-half.
“When I talk with him, I say to him since the beginning that you will start training as a centre-half even though we don’t know what’s happening with Loovens.”
Carvalhal confirmed he hopes to add another centre back to his squad this summer.