In Focus: Sheffield Wednesday outcast ready to repay boss’ faith; aims for top six finish

According to reports in the Yorkshire Post, Sheffield Wednesday outcast Will Buckley is ready to take the second chance he has been given by manager Carlos Carvalhal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the winger has endured a frustrating spell at Hillsborough following his move from Sunderland last summer, with a lack of playing time under the Portuguese boss and injury problems meaning he has made just two league starts for the club this term.

The second of those came in Friday’s defeat at home to Reading, which has left the Owls clinging on to their spot in the Championship play-off positions.

Wednesday are just one point ahead of seventh-placed Fulham following a run of one win in six league matches.

What’s Buckley been saying?

He said: “Hopefully, I can kick on now in these last eight games, get a few more minutes under my belt and get back to my best.

“Friday was my first start for a while now after the injury and I just have to get back to a good level.

“He [Carvalhal] has said from the start that he believes in me and I have just got to try and take my chance now when I get it.”

Can he make the difference in the run-in?

It’s difficult to say.

The 27-year-old has struggled to recapture the fine form he showed during a three-year spell with Brighton and Hove Albion between 2011 and 2014, with a Premier League move to Sunderland not going the way he would have liked.

However, if Carvalhal has given him a supportive arm around the shoulder as he has suggested, it should give the wide man the confidence to go and express himself on the pitch.