Sheffield Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith has admitted it’s been tough watching on for much of the season as he prepares to stake his claim for the number one shirt with a positive showing against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.
The 25-year-old has been in and out the Owls team over the years, and the signing of Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the summer meant that Wildsmith has been restricted to a role on the bench in the league.
However, with Peacock-Farrell away on international duty with Northern Ireland, Wildsmith is in line to start tomorrow.
And, speaking to Yorkshire Live, the stopper explained that whilst he has a good relationship with the on-loan Burnley man, he wants to be playing regularly.
“It is not nice when you are not playing. Everyone wants to play. We had a conversation in the summer and he explained that Bailey was going to come in. He was very open to me it was going to be a battle. Healthy competition is good in every position.
“This opportunity has arisen for me. Hopefully I can perform well and help the team get back on track in the league. It is a battle. It is about getting my head around it and doing the right things.”
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This is an honest interview from Wildsmith and you have to say that he comes across well here. Firstly, he constantly stresses that he has a good relationship with Peacock-Farrell, but he makes it clear he wants to play.
Of course, that’s the case for all players, so he’s no different. The chance for him to be in the XI will come tomorrow and it’s now about giving Darren Moore a decision to make.
Whilst Peacock-Farrell has done well on the whole since joining, he’s made a few mistakes recently, and if Wildsmith can help the team to a win against the Trotters, it will be interesting to see who is number one moving forward.
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