Lee Bullen gave assurances to new man David Bates that he will be used this season, as Sheffield Wednesday covered on their Twitter reporting of the interim manager’s pre-game press conference for the Millwall match.
He said: “David Bates is ready when called upon, absolutely. I’ve spoken to him this week, we have had two very good wins so far but soon it will be Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and we will need everyone ready.”
The four-cap Scotland international centre-back will be on loan with Wednesday for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign, as per Transfermarkt.
Bates made 22 Bundesliga 2 starts for Hamburg last season, coming on as a substitute thrice, scoring one goal, as per WhoScored.
Throughout the campaign, the 22-year-old averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 4.8 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game.
Tom Lees and Julian Borner is the partnership that has started both of the Owls’ matches so far this season, conceding just one goal.
This is a pairing that has worked well, so Bullen may be wary of changing it at the back for now.
Both of Wednesday’s centre-backs have started the season very well, so Bates may need to be patient in his pursuit of substantial minutes for the Owls.
As Bullen alluded to, a Championship season can be long and gruelling, so there will definitely be times where Bates is called upon, just maybe not immediately.
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