Sheffield Wednesday’s Daniel Pudil has revealed his determination to fight for both his place and an extended stay at Hillsborough over the coming months.
A hamstring injury in late October kept the Czech Republic international out for a few weeks, however since returning to fitness he has been unable to dislodge Morgan Fox from the left-back position.
He has impressed whilst featuring for the development squad though and scored in a win against Leeds United last week.
And, the 32-year old acknowledges that the fierce competition means he may have to be patient. “There is a lot of competition here and everyone is fighting for places. We have a big squad and the manager can only name 18 players,” he told the Sheffield Star.
Pudil’s contract expires in the summer but the club have the option to extend that for a further year and he will be doing all he can to stay with the Owls.
“To be fair, I don’t want to go anywhere else. I like Sheffield. I like the club and the fans. My family are settled in the area. I have two kids and one is in school and the other is in nursery.”
Left-back is the one position where Carlos Carvalhal has a lot of options, with Fox, Pudil and Adam Reach all capable of playing there.
Given that competition, it’s going to be hard for Pudil to win his place back and therefore a new contract and he hasn’t really done enough so far to suggest that Wednesday need to keep him.
However, his attitude will please fans and if he shows that desire on the pitch then things can change very quickly.
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