Alan Biggs: Still plenty of time for our teams to strengthen

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All these words were written ahead of a family break so some events may have overtaken them. But one thing that will not have changed is the insatiable desire for news of the football supporter.

Before I laid my keyboard briefly to rest Sheffield United had made EIGHT summer signings and still not slaked their followers’ thirst for nine and ten. So it’s no wonder there were some desert-dry throats across the other side of the city where finally a couple of arrivals joined an in-house trio who decided to sign up again.

But history shows that late scrambles are nothing new, particularly in the Championship where the competition is becoming increasingly steep.

What can make the difference is those hired hands from the Premier League who, in being displaced, have lifted the standard of the second tier.

So, while late recruitment is hardly ideal, it can be inevitable if you are to sign or loan those players who make the difference. Witness Matty Fryatt and especially Connor Wickham at Hillsborough last season. It’s fair to think Sheffield Wednesday would have been relegated without them.

In looking higher this time, the Owls have a lot of ground to make up.

Can they hit it running? Already, this is shaping as a far more formidable task for Stuart Gray than his erstwhile survival mission.

In his favour is that I think most Owls fans fully appreciate that. It is an understanding that can go a long way to help him.