He may have found himself on the sidelines more often than not this season but Liam Palmer insists he is fully on board with Carlos Carvalhal’s rotation policy at Sheffield Wednesday.
After making 39 appearances for the Owls last season, Palmer has been restricted to just four starts so far this term – two coming in the Capital One Cup.
And he missed out entirely in five of the ten Championship matches so far.
Yet, the 24-year-old says he has bought into the plans of head coach Carvalhal and will be ready to take his chance whenever he gets the call.
“It’s new,” Palmer said of the squad rotation.
“The other boys, we say to each other that we’re all in it together.
“If Hunty (Jack Hunt) is playing instead of me, I wish him all the best to try and pick up the win. And he does the same when I’m playing.
“That’s the dynamic the staff and the manager want.
“That’s what you’ve all got to buy into.
“If you’re not playing, you have to keep training hard and when you do get your chance, you have to be ready to take it.
“Anything can happen in football so you’ve always got to be ready.”
Carvalhal’s starting XI has begun to settle over the last month with an average of 2.25 changes per game in the last four Championship matches.
While an increasing number of players in the squad are likely to find their game time limited as a result. Palmer believes the strength in depth will be called upon as the campaign continues.
He said: “It shows now the strength in depth that we’ve got.
“We’ve not had it for a number of years and that’s something that should stand us in good stead towards the back end of the season.”
Wednesday resume action this weekend following the international break when they welcome Hull City to Hillsborough.
And they will be looking for a fifth consecutive win as Carvalhal’s side look to continue their climb up the Championship.
Palmer remains confident the Owls will continue their upturn in fortunes.
He said: “Hopefully we can kick on again and keep picking up the results.”