Pundit and former player Carlton Palmer has discussed Sheffield Wednesday’s decision to re-sign Sam Hutchinson.
The Owls recently signed Hutchinson on a free transfer, just months after he had initially left the club to join Cyrpus-based club Pafos. His contract there had ended and he is now back at Hillsborough.
Are SWFC wrong to re-sign Hutchinson?
Palmer doesn’t understand the Hutchinson decision
Palmer was speaking with Football FanCast and he discussed Wednesday’s decision to bring Hutchinson back. He made it clear that it doesn’t make sense to him for a club to let a player go and to bring him back after just a few months. He has also raised concerns about the 31-year-old’s fitness and injury issues.
Palmer said: “Listen, I’ve always liked Sam in terms of what he gives the team when he plays, but he doesn’t play an awful lot of games because he’s either suspended or injured.
“I really don’t understand. Again, this [decision] would be the chairman and his advisors. Why would you go and sign a player you’ve let go? You’ve let him go for a reason, so why would you re-sign him again? It just doesn’t make sense.
“Don’t get me wrong, when Sam plays he gives 110% – he’s all in. I like that about him, but he picks up a lot of injuries and misses a lot of games. I don’t see the benefit in re-signing somebody like Sam.”
During his previous stints at Wednesday, Hutchinson made 154 appearances in all competitions for the Owls. He also scored six times and picked up four assists for them during that period. He played 23 league games in the 2019/20 campaign, scoring once (as per Transfermarkt).
At Pafos, the defensive midfielder played only five games and he wasn’t even in the squad for a lot of their league games.
Palmer right to question Hutchinson move
Hutchinson is a versatile player and he can play in multiple positions – defensive midfield, centre-back and even right-back. But having said that, he has clearly not played much football over the last few months at Pafos and he had missed quite a few games for Wednesday in the second half of the previous campaign.
On the flipside, he would add depth in multiple areas of the park and he is known to be a leader and an aggressive character too. On top of that, his contract ends at the conclusion of the campaign, so it is a low risk move.
In other news, some Sheffield Wednesday fans have reacted to links with a lower-league defender – read more here.
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