Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis has been explaining why he’s opted to move Callum Paterson to a midfield position, insisting that the versatile Scot can still be a goal threat from that position.
Garry Monk swooped to sign Paterson from Cardiff City in the summer, with the 26-year-old signed to play as a central striker.
Paterson opened his goalscoring account for Wednesday in a 2-1 defeat to Brentford under Monk, but that is his only goal to date.
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Pulis has come in and seen something different in Paterson, who is well-known for his ability to play in defence, midfield or attack.
The 62-year-old has opted to shift Paterson into a midfield position in his first two Wednesday fixtures, placing faith in others – including Jordan Rhodes – to lead the line.
That decision has been explained this morning (@swfc): “Paterson has got the energy and ability to time his runs and arrive late in the box to cause problems. I think he can score goals from midfield, he has got so many strings to his bow.”
Sheffield Wednesday picked up a battling point midweek to hold Swansea City in South Wales, but return to Hillsborough this weekend for Pulis’ first taste of life at home.
His former side, Stoke City, are in town, with Wednesday knowing victory is important to keep them in touching distance of safety.
Paterson is a unique player in that he can play in so many different positions.
Whilst Monk saw him as a striker, it isn’t really a surprise to learn that Pulis has different ideas for him.
He is really suited to a midfield role, in my opinion, with Pulis’ assessment on the money in terms of him breaking forward to score goals.
With Barry Bannan in the midfield, Paterson is also very robust and will do some of the work that Bannan doesn’t want to. That’s going to be very important as Pulis looks for the right balance to his side.
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