Former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer has criticised the club's decision to loan Caolan Lavery to Portsmouth.
Lavery joined Pompey in October on a three month deal, after not being picked by Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal early on in the campaign.
He said: "They've sent the boy Lavery out on loan, he should be playing now, here, now at the club, getting his experience in the first team. But he's been sent on loan in a lower division, because they can't take that gamble."
Palmer expressed his reservations about the pressures of modern football in general, as well as whether young players are hungry enough.
He added: "I wonder how many of these young players are knocking on the gaffers door, but its still difficult for them because if a manager worries he's going to lose his job [he won't pick them], you've got to leave them in there for four to five games then you find out if they can play at that level. I would never have come through if that hadn't been the case."
Lavery has played 10 times on loan for Portsmouth so far, scoring four times for the League Two side.
After his loan switch was agreed in October, he expressed his delight at getting the opportunity to go and play, reported SkySports.
Getting a run at Sheffield Wednesday at present is going to be tough for him as the club have dramatically increased competition for places amid their investment, and desire to win promotion.