Sheffield Wednesday are back in action with a clash against League Two side Hartlepool United in the Papa John’s Trophy on Wednesday evening after drawing against Wycombe Wanderers in their previous League One clash at the weekend.
In terms of which players Owls manager Darren Moore could select to be in his starting XI to take on Hartlepool, one figure that played a big part in the draw against Wycombe that should be in the team in midweek is Callum Paterson.
As a result of the current injury issues Wednesday have at the moment, especially in the defensive areas, Moore deployed Paterson in the back three alongside Chey Dunkley and Ciaran Brennan at the weekend.
In the game against Wycombe, despite conceding two goals on the day, Paterson managed to put in a good display and show to Moore that he is a capable defensive player even though he’s predominantly played in attacking positions for Wednesday this season.
Even though he gave away a free-kick that led to Wycombe’s equalising goal, Paterson still managed to make eight clearances, three interceptions and one tackle as well as winning six of the nine duels he was involved in.
This performance earned Paterson an overall match rating of 7.2/10 from SofaScore, higher than Dunkley and Brennan, showing that he is more than capable of playing in a defensive position when called upon by Moore.
With Paterson previously being described as “irreplaceable” by Neil Warnock when they were both at Cardiff City, it seems as though that’s what he could be for Wednesday now as well considering their defensive injury issues and his mostly solid performance against the Chairboys.
Even though their next opponents are currently in League Two and haven’t won any of their five previous league games, it gives Moore the opportunity to play the £1.6m-rated Paterson in defence again to see if he can show off his versatility potentially even improve on the performance from last time out.
If he can, this could make him a real key figure for Moore until he gets some of his injured defensive players back up to speed again.