The signs ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Rotherham United point towards David Bates making his first start for the Owls.
Lee Bullen stated during his press conference that the 22-year-old is in contention to start the match, as reported by the club’s official Twitter page.
The Scotland international has since been used as the main image for the club’s post saying that Bullen will utilise his squad during the game, before also making him the face of their matchday tweet.
Bates hasn’t played a single minute for Sheffield Wednesday in their four games since he joined on a season-long loan from Hamburger SV, while he has only made the bench once, as per Transfermarkt.
He started 22 2. Bundesliga matches for Hamburger last season, coming on as a substitute three times, scoring one goal, as per WhoScored.
During that campaign, he averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 4.8 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game and won 3.7 aerial duels.
The centre-back may have a tough time breaking into the Owls’ side though, with Julian Borner the third best performing Sheffield Wednesday player who has played every one of their games so far this season.
His partner, Tom Lees, has also been effective, making 0.8 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 4.2 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game, as well as winning 5 aerial duels on average.
Bates will likely need to be patient if he is to break into the Owls’ team, but he also needs to ensure he takes his opportunities when they come and this will likely be his first.
If he wants any chance of becoming one half of the club’s main centre-back pairing then he needs to start by performing well tonight.
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