In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Sheffield Wednesday legend Carlton Palmer has questioned the Owls’ decision to re-sign Sam Hutchinson this week.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who can also play in defence, returned to Hillsborough Stadium on Monday and subject to international clearance, he will be available for Wednesday’s crunch match with Coventry.
Hutchinson left the Owls in the summer after a six-year stint in south Yorkshire, joining Cypriot outfit Paphos FC on a free transfer but after only five appearances, he had his contract terminated in December.
And after a month without a club, he has made a return to Wednesday.
However, former Owls midfielder Palmer is baffled by the decision…
He told FFC:
“Listen, I’ve always liked Sam in terms of what he gives the team when he plays, but he doesn’t play an awful lot of games because he’s either suspended or injured.
“I really don’t understand. Again, this [decision] would be the chairman and his advisors. Why would you go and sign a player you’ve let go? You’ve let him go for a reason, so why would you re-sign him again? It just doesn’t make sense.
“Don’t get me wrong, when Sam plays he gives 110% – he’s all in. I like that about him, but he picks up a lot of injuries and misses a lot of games.
“I don’t see the benefit in re-signing somebody like Sam.”
The former Chelsea youth product made 151 appearances in an Owls shirt before his exit in the summer, contributing immensely to those two playoff campaigns under ex-boss Carlos Carvalhal.
During the 2016/17 season, Wednesday finished fourth, their highest position since relegation from the Premier League over 20 years ago and Hutchinson started 34 matches where he picked up seven WhoScored Man of the Match awards.
He was also their second-highest rated player (7.13) behind current central defender Tom Lees (7.17).
The 31-year-old could make his second debut on Wednesday night.
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