Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal suggests why Alex Lopez has not featured too often this season

The 28-year-old has made just 15 appearances in the Championship this term.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has suggested that the form of Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson is the reason that Alex Lopez has not featured too often for the Owls this term, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Spaniard - who is on loan from La Liga side Celta Vigo - has only featured in 15 Championship games this season, and has started on just seven occasions.

And while Carvalhal insisted that he viewed the 28-year-old as an important player, he explained that the way that his rivals for a central-midfield spot have played this term has made it difficult for the Portuguese to justify selecting him.

"Alex hasn't played too much so far because Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee have played very well," he told the Star. "Also Sam has played very well and we play with just two midfielders.

"But I know Alex very well. He has come from Spain's top division with big experience. He can give a lot to the team.

"Alex is a quality player. I like Alex him a lot. When he plays, he increases the value of the team."

Although he is yet to score for the Owls this season, Lopez was able to contribute to the side's 3-0 win over Charlton last weekend as it was his strike from distance that led to El-Hadji Ba putting the ball into his own net to round off an impressive victory for Wednesday.

And with Bannan suspended for the next two games following his red card in the win over Nottingham Forest earlier in the month, Lopez will be hoping that his performance against the Addicks will be enough to persuade Carvalhal that he deserves more opportunities during the final games of the season. 

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