Sheffield Wednesday: Pugh fights to keep Owls place

Danny Pugh could make his home debut today
Danny Pugh could make his home debut today
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DANNY Pugh is braced for the challenge of trying to hold on to his Wednesday place after the surprise return of Jeremy Helan, writes Paul Thompson.

Pugh is in contention for a home debut against Brighton but there is a guessing game about his role in the side today and in the future.

“There is always competition at any club; the more good quality players you have, the more successful the team are going to be,” said the on-loan signing from Leeds.

He says that Dave Jones has not explained to him how the presence of Helan may affect his spot.

And Pugh prefers not to say which position he prefers in case it affects his chances of selection.

“As long as I’m playing, I just try to do the best I can, whatever position I’m in.

“I’ve played left back, left midfield and central midfield. Down the left is where I’ve played most of my football.”

He took Helan’s left-side midfield place last week but the on-loan Manchester City winger is favourite to regain that role after rejoining the Owls.

Pugh admits that being known as a versatile player can have its pros and cons: “Sometimes you maybe play games you wouldn’t have played, or there are games where you miss out because you’re constantly moving about.”

He says he has had the “utility player” tag for years: “I’ve been called worse names!”

Relishing today’s game, he says: “Brighton are one of the best teams in the league, but if we perform as we can then there’s no reason why we can’t get something.”