Sheffield Wednesday: No panic as Owls tipped for the top 10

Free agent Seyi Olofinjana is training with Wednesday but players must leave the club before boss Dave Jones can bring in new arrivals
Free agent Seyi Olofinjana is training with Wednesday but players must leave the club before boss Dave Jones can bring in new arrivals
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Nigel Short, the chairman of fan group Wednesdayite, is convinced the Owls will still finish in the top 10 of the Championship despite their sluggish start to the campaign.

Sheffield Wednesday have made their worst start to a league season since 2007, losing to Queens Park Rangers and Burnley. Dave Jones’ injury-ravaged squad were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the first-round stage by local rivals Rotherham United.

Although the Owls’ results have been disappointing, Short is confident the team will turn things around. He thought they were “dreadful” in the first half against Burnley but were much improved after the break.

“There are 44 games to go so there is no need to panic,” Short told The Star. “I’m sure we will have a better season than last year.

“I think the top 10 is a realistic target. If you look at how the team played in the second half of last season, we would have finished in the top half if we had played like that throughout. It is just a case of the new players gelling together now and the results will come.”

Jones, who has full-backs Lewis Buxton, Kieran Lee, Reda Johnson and Joe Mattock all missing through injury, has set his sights on recruiting a new midfielder and a striker before the transfer window closes on Monday September 2.

Seyi Olofinjana, a big hit at Hillsborough last season while on loan from Hull City, is now a free agent and continues to train with the Owls, who have also been linked with forwards Leroy Lita and Billy Sharp. But Jones insists players must go before he can bring reinforcements in.

Short said: “We do need to get a bit more creativity in midfield. I would love us to sign Olofinjana. He showed enough last season to suggest he would be a big asset to the side.

“All we need is a central midfielder and a striker.

“I would be very happy if we got Leroy back or Billy Sharp in. Sharp is a proven goal-scorer at this level.”