Sheffield Wednesday: No new faces needed to lift Owls

Barry Bannan
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It is easy to overreact and go overboard after one poor outing.

At struggling Charlton Atletic, Sheffield Wednesday were the architects of their own downfall, delivering a tired looking performance. Even head coach Carlos Carvalhal acknowledged it was one match too many for his multi-cultural squad.

Lewis McGugan

Lewis McGugan

And time is rapidly running out for Football League clubs to bolster the options at their disposal. The emergency loan window closes a week today. Do you stick or twist?

There are a number of reasons why I believe the Owls should go with what they have got until the end of 2015:

n Sixteen players have come on board since June and Carvalhal deserves huge credit for turning them into a real force to be reckoned with at this level. But it takes time to get new arrivals up to speed as Wednesday have seen with Daniel Pudil, Michael Turner, Barry Bannan, Fernando Forestieri and most recently Gary Hooper. Now is the point when the Owls need all their players to be hitting top form ahead of the busy festive schedule.

n November is not the time to panic. There are 90 points still up for grabs this season and Wednesday sit just four points adrift of the top-six.

Before their slip-up at The Valley, Carvalhal’s men had gone 11 unbeaten in all competitions, playing some entertaining, free-flowing football. Their results and performances have markedly improved the longer the group has been together.

This team has earned the right to get the Charlton defeat out of their system.

n It is no secret Wednesday possess one of the biggest squads in the division. Although they will be without Sam Hutchinson and Barry Bannan on Saturday, they have a plethora of midfield cover. Jose Semedo, Alex Lopez, Lewis McGugan and Jeremy Helan are all in contention for starting berths against Huddersfield Town this weekend.

Carvalhal has an embarrassment of riches in every department and, if anything, Wednesday should let some of their fringe players, including Sergiu Bus and Lewis Price, go and play first-team football elsewhere to sharpen them up. Let Carvalhal carry on working with the group he has got.

There is no point in bringing reinforcements in to boost numbers. It has now got to be about quality over quantity for the Owls.

n Football League rules stipulate that only five loan signings can be included in any 18-man match-day squad.

Wednesday already have six on their books in Jack Hunt, Michael Turner, Vincent Sasso, Daniel Pudil, Alex Lopez and Hooper. Is it worth the Owls further increasing their wage bill for the sake of nine fixtures which may, or may not, define their season?

n The winter transfer window re-opens in January so Wednesday will be able to freshen up one or two areas if their committee, headed by chairman Dejphon Chansiri, feel that could make all the difference.