Sheffield Wednesday: What Owls star Adam Reach thinks is his best position
He is a first-team regular and arguably the most versatile player in the Championship.
But Adam Reach is in no doubt what role would particularly suit him in Wednesday’s side.
Reach, named the Owls Player of the Year at the 12th annual Star Football Awards earlier this week, said: “I think my best position probably is that left wing back role if we play the three centre-halves and two wing backs.
“The way we play with the two wing backs is so expansive. They are usually the most dangerous players on the pitch because of how high we play with the overlapping and crossing. It depends on what formation we play but ideally I would like to play wing back or left midfield. I think I have a the qualities where I can get more assists and goals to my name.”
Reach has been deployed at left-back, left winger, left wing back, right wing back and in central midfield this season.
He joked: “It’s only centre-half and maybe a little stint in goal I’ve got left to do, but the two keepers are playing well at the minute so I’ll let them stay there!”
Despite his dynamic performances in the midfield engine room in the second half of the campaign, Reach said he does not know where Jos Luhukay plans on selecting him next season.
“I don’t know where I’m going to play,” said Reach. “I’ve played so many different positions and been asked to do so many different roles this season. I sometimes forget where I do think my best position is but these are things you’ve got to do to stay in the team.
“If the manager asks you play a certain position then you do that. I want to play every game.”
Luhukay moved Reach to right wing back in Saturday’s draw at title-winners Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reach slotted in seamlessly to help the Owls record a third straight clean sheet.
He conceded: “It’s not my natural position but you have to do what you can and we kept a clean sheet so I will take a little bit of credit for that!
“But I’m sure next season the manager will be having discussions with the players about what he wants to do with his formation and style of play and where he thinks players will play. If I get asked the question by him, I will try and give him the answer of where I think I’m most dangerous.
“We’ve got a squad of fabulous players and there’s going to be a lot of competition. As long as I’m in that starting eleven I don’t mind where I play.”
Luhukay has praised Reach on a multiple occasions, describing him as a “fantastic all-round player with great quality”.
“It’s fabulous to know the manager trusts you as a player and a person,” said Reach.
“I’ve been the captain a few times when players have missed out. It’s something when we look back at the end of this season I’ll will be most proud of. I was given the responsibility to lead the players out.
“Although a lot of senior players were missing, it was still an honour and I’m delighted that Jos has trusted me to play every game. I’m just trying to repay that and next season hopefully I can do the same thing.”
No Wednesday player has played more than Reach (52) this season.
“There’s no secret formula,” he stressed. “I work hard in the gym and work hard away from the training ground to keep my body and mind in the best possible shape.
“I’m not saying for one second other players don’t do that but, unfortunately, for a lot of the guys they have been unlucky and suffered injuries.
“I’ve been involved in every single game and when you reach that level of consistency, your performances will always improve, because that’s what players do.
“It becomes a force of habit when you’ve played so many games in a row, you seem to know what to do even before the ball comes.
“Touch wood, I’ve managed to stay injury free throughout the season and that’s something that has affected a lot of players in the squad. I’ve had a clean run and hopefully that happens again next season and the team can finish a lot higher in the table.”