Sam Hutchinson has dismissed the ‘doubters’ who claim he’s not reliable by stating that only one man’s opinion really matters...Carlos Carvalhal’s.
Since joining Wednesday from Chelsea, Hutchinson has faced criticism for missing games through injury and suspension.
However, when he pulled out of the last match against Brighton with a back complaint that was the first he has missed through injury this season.
And his only suspension came after an unfotunate red card against Bristol City at Hillsborough three weeks ago when he slipped and denied the Robins a goalscoring opportunity.
He’s also been booked just once this term, compared to six cautions by this stage last season.
It’s all change for Hutchinson but he still feels that his reputation preceeds him and the defender, who spent the majority of last season playing in midfield, is still dogged by comments about his reliability, or otherwise.
Not that he cares.
“There are always going to be doubters about over whether I’m going to get booked or injured,” said Hutchinson.
“I don’t need to prove anyone anything. I know what I am and I know what the club think of me and the gaffer.
“As long as the gaffer is happy with me, I don’t really care what people think.
“As long as he puts me on that teamsheet, I’m doing something right for him. I will always try to please the gaffer, the staff and the club.”
On Carvalhal, he added: “We all understand his methods and he is great with us. Everyone loves him and it good for us.”
Hutchinson insists that he has always been physically capable of playing game after game, but says that Carvalhal ‘managed’ the player when he was playing in the middle of the park.
Earlier this season, though, while at centre back, the 27 year old played three competitive games in a week for the first time in his senior career.
And he feels that the step into the backline means there is no reason why, barring any further injuries, he shouldn’t be turning out every week.
“I had a run of games last year but the gaffer wanted to manage me a little bit more because I was playing in more of a robust role (in midfield),” said Hutchinson. “I’m fine. I can play every game. It is just about managing me.
“Last year, it was about managing me because i was running around like a f***ing lunatic.
“I’m more controlled this year and I’m in a position where I have to show my maturity more and that side of the game.”