Sheffield Wednesday: Team man Helan happy to play his part

Jeremy Helan
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You won’t hear Jeremy Helan complaining over Carlos Carvalhal’s squad rotation policy at Hillsborough.

The Frenchman returned to the starting line-up in Monday’s loss at Middlesbrough, having not been included in the eleven since the draw away to Blackburn Rovers at the end of November.

It was Helan’s 17th outing of the campaign but nine of his appearances have come as a substitute. Nonetheless, the former Manchester City trainee is enjoying Carvalhal’s regime.

“I am happy as long as the team are happy,” he told The Star. “I can’t complain with the way we are playing.

“The whole squad is happy right now and we are doing everything well.”

The former Manchester City youngster is confident Wednesday possess the strength in depth to challenge for promotion.

Carvalhal’s men lie in seventh position and four points off the play-off pack after 22 matches.

Helan stressed: “We want to push for the play-offs and I believe we can do it. We have the players and we have the quality.”

But the left-sided player accepts Wednesday have got to turnaround their poor results on the road to become genuine play-off candidates. Carvalhal’s troops have triumphed just twice away from home in the Championship this season.

“We need to play freely and with confidence like we’ve been doing and that should get us what we need away from home,” said the 23-year-old, who moved to Wednesday on a permanent basis in July 2013 following a productive loan stint.

“We need to do the same as at home which is easy to say but we are confident, we have come a long way in a short space of time and now we want to kick on even further.”