Video: Joost van Aken’s honest assessment of his start at Sheffield Wednesday

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Joost van Aken is his own worst critic.

When The Star asked him to assess the start he has made to his Wednesday career, the genial Dutch defender was brutally honest and conceded his form has been mixed.

Joost van Aken

Joost van Aken

“I think I have shown good performances and performances that were not good enough,” said van Aken.

“I have shown both sides. Just the like the team, I need to be more consistent. If I am in the squad, I need to show my best performance every game. I need to put in solid performances.

“There have been some moments in games where I have been good and then other moments in games where I have not been good enough.

“I believe and have confidence in myself that I can do it.

“I need to show it in the games.”

The 23-year-old, captured from Heerenveen for around £3m at the end of August, has featured on seven occasions in Owls colours. Wednesday have won three, drawn one, and lost three times.

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Although van Aken has won plenty of admirers for his ability to bring the ball out of defence and start attacks, he accepts he is still getting to grips with the rigours of the Championship.

“It’s a hard competition,” he said. “Every game is difficult. “It’s not easy. It’s a better level than I was used but not tricky.

“Of course, I have to improve and my way of playing.

“For me, it is a very good competition to play in and I like to be in it.”

With the Owls struggling to keep clean sheets, head coach Carlos Carvalhal restored captain Glenn Loovens to his back four at Derby County last weekend and dropped van Aken to the bench.

He said: “It was not nice but Sheffield Wednesday is not about me. It is about the team and the club.

“If that is the best decision for our team, I will accept it and I will not be angry about it. I will just work harder to come in the squad again and then I have to show myself in training and other moments.”

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Loovens is banned for today’s lunchtime showdown with Barnsley (12:30pm) following his red card against Derby, meaning van Aken is likely to take his spot.

“There is an opportunity to come into the team,” said van Aken. “I don’t know yet (if he will be playing) but I hope so. As a player, you want to play every game.

“Glenn played the last game and he’s very important for our team with his experience. I want to play and that’s why I’m here but I accepted the decision.

“Of course, when you come in, you have to take the chance. Maybe it is Saturday. Maybe it is a few weeks later. Maybe it is a month later. I don’t know.

“If the chance is there, I have to take it.”

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