Sheffield Wednesday: Best XI is what players make it insists Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal with Kieran Lee
Carlos Carvalhal with Kieran Lee

Carlos Carvalhal says it is up to individual players to decide what is Sheffield Wednesday’s best XI rather than him.

With eight new signings already in place at Hillsborough and more to come, the Owls’ squad has undergone a significant facelift with plenty of competition for places.

And with Carvalhal still getting to know the players who were in place before his arrival, there remains an element of learning on the job for the Portuguese.

However, the Wednesday head coach says the onus is on each player to show they warrant a starting shirt.

“The players must give me answers, saying they are ready to play,” Carvalhal said.

“I expect an answer from them. I expect them to show me that they want to play.

“We are building a team.

“We are learning. We are still getting to know the players. We are creating a dynamic. I’m sure we will be ready.

“I don’t want to talk about the first eleven. It’s about the squad.

“We have matches after the Bristol game so they will all be needed.”

Carvalhal expects to see improvement from the Owls against St Mirren at Hillsborough tomorrow after the 4-2 defeat at Scunthorpe United on Wednesday night.

And his biggest disappointment came with the team’s defensive performance.

He said: “I’m not happy we conceded four goals. When you are building a team these things can happen.

“In my teams, normally we don’t concede many goals and we are well balanced.

“We lost some of our balance when we lost the ball.

“We made some very easy mistakes. We gave two goals to the opponents so we can’t do that in the future so we must quickly correct that as soon as possible.

“My players must give a completely different answer on Saturday.

“I expect a reaction in front of our fans.

“There were some good things. We scored two goals and created chances. We played some good football in moments.”

Carvalhal confirmed that midfielder Filipe Melo is not currently training due to an injury he suffered in the friendly against Braga last week.

He said: “He’s much better than two days ago. We must evaluate it day by day. I hope he recovers as soon as possible because he’s an important player for us.”

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