Jose Semedo wants to prove to Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal that he deserves first-team chance

The midfielder has not started for the Championship side in a league game since December.

Jose Semedo has explained that he is hoping to prove to Carlos Carvalhal whenever he gets an opportunity that he is deserving of a regular place in the Sheffield Wednesday first-team, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 31-year-old has not started a league game for the Owls since December. And after featuring for the under-21 side on Tuesday, he suggested that he is looking at playing for the development team as the perfect chance to show his manager what he would bring if handed a recall.

"Carlos spoke with me on Saturday and said he wanted me to play 90 minutes because it has been a long time since I played a game. It's not first-team football but you still get something out of it," he told the Star.

"When the senior guys step down, we try to help the young boys and pass on our experience as much as we can and it helps us as we get minutes under our belts.

"The players have to do their best every single day on the training ground and in under-21 games. You need to show the manager that you are able to compete for a place and are ready whenever you are needed."

Unfortunately for Semedo - whose 133 league appearances for the club makes him a veteran in comparison with many of his Owls teammates - the form that the likes of Barry Bannan, Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee have shown this season has meant that Carvalhal has often been unable to justify selecting the Portuguese. 

However, if he manages to impress for the under-21's when called upon, and Carvalhal decides to continue with his rotation policy or is forced to make a change due to injury, then Semedo could still have an important role to play in Wednesday's promotion bid. 

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