Owls short on firepower to challenge

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ASSISTANT manager Chris Evans has admitted Sheffield Wednesday desperately need new faces up front to mount a serious promotion tilt in League One.

The Owls are actively searching for forwards to increase their prospects of competing in the upper echelons of the division.

Evans, Gary Megson’s trusted lieutenant, is acutely aware they currently lack the firepower required to climb out of the league, having watched Neil Mellor, last season’s top-scorer, return to parent club Preston North End.

Although he is convinced Wednesday have improved defensively after recruiting Rob Jones, Julian Bennett and Danny Batth over the summer, Evans acknowledges there is still plenty of work to be done in the transfer market.

“We need to bring bodies in and mainly in offensive areas because it is all about scoring goals,” he said. “If we are going to get promoted, and that’s what we want to do, then we need to be in and around the 75 goal mark. At this moment in time, we are not there so we need to bring strikers into the football club.”

Refusing to be drawn on Rotherham United striker Adam Le Fondre, Evans added: “We are a work in progress. We have got several irons in the fire.

“We have had one or two disappointments but equally we move on.”