Sheffield Wednesday: No cause for concern over Owls’ lack of transfer activity

Jack Hunt
Jack Hunt

It has undeniably been a quiet transfer period so far for the Owls.

Striker Steven Fletcher represents the club’s only summer signing ahead of their first pre-season friendly at Alfreton Town tonight, kick-off 7:30pm.

At this stage last summer, Wednesday had brought in seven new reinforcements: Darryl Lachman, Vincent Sasso (loan), Jack Hunt (loan), Marco Matias, Lewis Price, Ross Wallace and Alex Lopez (loan).

Given there is less than a month to go until the new season gets underway, some supporters have expressed their concern over the club’s lack of transfer activity. Should fans be worried? Not in my opinion.

Aston Villa, Leeds United and Newcastle United have all made significant signings. They have splashed the cash ...because their squads needed serious surgery. Wednesday’s does not.

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The Championship is an unforgiving, uncompromising, relentless competition, but the Owls came within a whisker of going up last campaign. Wednesday have a strong British core in Keiren Westwood, Tom Lees and Barry Bannan and shrewdly recruited matchwinners in Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper. To mount another promotion push, Wednesday’s squad requires just a little bit of fine tuning.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal has made it clear he only wants players who will make them better. People should trust his judgement. Since his surprise appointment, Carvalhal has got a lot more right than wrong in the Owls’ transfer dealings.

“We don’t need a revolution but we will try to improve the team,” he stated.

Long gone are the days when Wednesday would dip into the market to purely boost their numbers. It is upgrades Carvalhal wants as he seeks to increase the options at his disposal.

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Carvalhal added: “The players we try to bring in will give us more options and quality.”

The club are chasing high calibre players who can make a difference. Throughout June and July, phone calls have gone in to agents and other clubs. Believe me when I say that things are happening behind the scenes but these deals, inevitably, take longer to get over the line than, for example, a free transfer purchase would.

And another thing that is very much in Wednesday’s favour is time. The summer transfer window is open until August 31 so there is no rush or reason to panic.

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