MIDFIELDER Jose Semedo believes a successful FA Cup run can help Sheffield Wednesday assess their promotion credentials.
The Owls have already accounted for Premier League opposition, in Newcastle United and Arsenal in the League Cup, this season.
Now Carlos Carvalhal’s side embark on an FA Cup journey today when they host Fulham at Hillsborough.
Last week’s Championship win over the Cottagers pushed the Owls to the edge of the play-off spots, and completing back-to-back wins today would open up the possibility of another top-flight opponent in round four.
“You know if you get past the first round in the cups that you always have a chance to get the big teams,” said Semedo, who turns 31 on Monday.
“You can then challenge yourselves and how much closer you are to reaching the reality of the Premier League.
“It is what we want. We want to try and compete against them.
“I played against Arsenal and Manchester City. It is always a good experience when you play against the top teams. It is a big learning curve.
“I remember playing against Yaya Toure and Frank Lampard and the way that they move on the pitch and the way that they think a little bit quicker than you and play the ball without even looking.”
Semedo has had to stay patient this season, featuring just 12 times, but looks set to feature today as Carvalhal rotates his squad for the first of three home games in a week.
He is approaching five years at Hillsborough, and his devotion to the Owls is without question.
“Normally when you don’t play, you feel a bit of frustration,” said Semedo.
“I play for the club I love and like.
“The most important thing for me is to be able to have this badge on my chest every day and that is my motivation.
“It is about the club’s needs over mine.
“If I don’t play until the end of the season and we get promoted, I will be as happy as I would be if I was playing every week,” added Semedo.
The Owls are in talks with Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies over a reported £750,000 move to Hillsborough.
One player departing is defender Darryl Lachman, who has joined Dutch side SC Cambuur Leeuwarden on loan until June.
The Dutchman failed to make a single first-team appearance since arriving last summer.