SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Martin Taylor well suited to comeback bid

Standing by: Martin Taylor is working hard so he is ready for the call if Dave Jones makes a change
Standing by: Martin Taylor is working hard so he is ready for the call if Dave Jones makes a change
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OWLS defender Martin Taylor is eager to regain his place in the side.

He admits that he did not start as well as he had hoped after his arrival from Watford in August.

The 33-year-old has had to be patient as he waits for a fresh opportunity.

“As a professional, you want to play all the time,” he told The Star. “Since I’ve come here, things haven’t worked out as I had hoped.

“You have to get on with it. If the manager’s not picking you, you have to work hard and show that you’re mentally right and physically right; that’s all you can do, and hope you get a chance.”

Taylor will have impressed Dave Jones with a commanding performance in the reserves’ 3-1 win against a strong Huddersfield side at Middlewood on Tuesday.

The defender enjoyed the outing. “Games like that keep you ticking over, and it’s a bit of a chance to show what you can do,” he said.

His fate now could depend on whether or not the Owls manager views Miguel Llera’s lapses at Middlesbrough as serious enough for a change to be necessary.

A wayward pass by Llera cost the second goal, after he was also judged to have twice got away with the same error earlier in the game. He was dropped in September for a spell after Jones ruled that he had made costly mistakes

On the other hand, the Spanish centre-half has contributed some solid defending in recent weeks alongside captain Athony Gardner, after being recalled because Taylor was off form.

Llera is also a threat to the opposition at set-pieces.

He has already scored three goals and could have had another at the Riverside Stadium.

But Taylor too can score goals. He netted 10 in his two years at Watford. and when he was recalled for one game, at Blackburn, because Gardner was unfit, Jones judged that defensively he did not put a foot wrong.

Former skipper Taylor added: “I just have to bide my time.

“We’ve got top professionals in Gardner and Llera; they’ve been around; they know the game.”

He accepts that when a club have a big squad not everyone can play - and it is the same at other Championship outfits.

“You want to be in the team. But if you’re not it’s something you have to deal with,” he said.

“The way you deal with it can dictate how quickly you get back.

“I’ve been in this position before; you keep yourself fit and ready for when you get the opportunity.”

But he finds it hard to explain why he made an undistinguished start. “You want to play as well as you can, but it doesn’t always work out like that,” he said.

“This is probably the first time I haven’t performed so well when I’ve come into a new club.

“You want to show the fans and the squad what you can do. I have enough confidence in my ability to know that I can do a good job if called upon again.”