Carlos Carvalhal has praised Sam Hutchinson’s versatility in the Sheffield Star, after the 26-year-old impressed while playing at centre-back during Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley in midweek.
Hutchinson has generally been deployed in a central midfield role for the Owls this season, but he was moved into the backline by Carvalhal on Tuesday evening.
And the Portuguese boss believes that the former Chelsea man is such a good player that he would be able to impress in any position on the pitch.
“Sam did very well at centre-back against Burnley and played at a good level,” Carvalhal said.
“He has played there before and we played him there because we know that [Sam] Vokes is strong in the air and that [Andre] Gray is quick.
“Sam is strong in the air and very fast.
“He can play all the positions. If I put him at right-back or in midfield, I know he will do a good job with full energy.”
Hutchinson has been one of Wednesday’s most important players so far this season, with his combative edge in midfield setting the tone for the rest of the side.
The former England youth international has picked up a number of bookings, but his aggression has helped the Owls’ more creative players thrive.
It seems likely that Hutchinson will return to his midfield role when all Carvalhal’s side’s injuries have cleared up.
Wednesday are still waiting for Tom Lees to return to full fitness, and once the former Leeds United man does make it off the treatment table, he is likely to go straight back into the Yorkshire side’s defence.