Sheffield Wednesday: Michael Turner up for a fight to nail down starting role

Michael Turner in action for old club Norwich
Michael Turner in action for old club Norwich
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Michael Turner may have left Norwich City in a bid to secure regular football, but that doesn’t mean the central defender is taking for granted that he will be simply handed a place in the Sheffield Wednesday starting XI.

Turner’s arrival was announced on Thursday, with the experienced player coming to Hillsborough on a year-long loan from the Premier League side.

With Tom Lees, Vincent Sasso and Glenn Loovens (albeit currently injured) already vying for a place in the middle of the backline, and Dutchman Darryl Lachman still yet to feature but providing another option, Turner is facing a fight to secure a spot.

And, the Londoner describes having these options as ‘healthy’ for head coach Carlos Carvalhal, during a long campaign.

The gaining of extra options is certainly in stark contrast to last season when Wednesday had few options when dealt with injuries, not least in defence.

“There’s great competition for places,” said Turner.

“That’s good and healthy for the club. It’s important in this division where there are a lot of games. We’ve got four good centre halves vying for the two places. I’m looking forward to the competition.

“I haven’t come here expecting to start every game but I’m ready to fight for the place.”

Turner also revealed that he is looking forward to meeting up with an important figure from his early footballing days, in scouting advisor Paul Senior.

The football committee member first spotted a then nine year old Turner playing Sunday football and took him to West Ham where he spent three years before moving to Charlton.

“I saw something saying Paul Senior was at the club but I didn’t know if was definitely the same person,” admitted Turner.

“It’ll be good to catch up with him. I think he was the first person to spot me playing Sunday football and he took me to West Ham.”