Chris Waddle, the ex-Sheffield Wednesday and England midfielder, has called on Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri to be patient with boss Carlos Carvalhal.
The 54-year-old, capped more than 60 appearances by England between 1985 and 1991, told The Star: “It is very important the chairman gives him time to bed those players in because the manager is playing a certain system.
“The fans will be frustrated that there has been 15 signings and the team’s results have been up and down. But these things take time and there will be certain players who don’t fit into the system he wants to play.
“If you win two or three games on the bounce, all the problems disappear and people are then saying the club are heading in the right direction.
“Things will only get better the more the players get used to each other. It’s just about getting that cutting edge in the final third and that striker is the one everyone is looking for but they are hard to come by and, when you find them, they’re not cheap.”
Media pundit Waddle says consistency is the key to blossoming in the Championship.
“It is about putting a run of three or four wins together,” he said. “All of a sudden that gives you momentum going and you can go on a roll.”
The Owls travel to Newcastle United tonight aiming to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup for the first time since 2002.
“Newcastle’s priority is Premier League survival rather than the cup but Steve McClaren will want to win,” said ex-Newcastle United player Waddle. “You never know how seriously teams will take the Capital One Cup but it’s a cup game so anything can happen.”