Much anticipation around S6 as I pen this and rightly so. Sheffield Wednesday are chasing bigger fish these days.
Whether or not they hook Gary Hooper and Michael Turner among others – and the signs were hopeful at the time of writing – the line is well baited and the rod is strong.
Which doesn’t necessarily stop the big catch going to the wire or provide the certainty supporters crave.
The fact is this regime, on transfers, is the most secretive and stealthy of any I’ve known.
That might be frustrating for you, and us in the media, but such tactics can barely be questioned.
Big fish can escape the hook at the last minute or even second.
What ultra-private owner Dejphon Chansiri can’t prevent, even with his hands-on style, is the chatter of agents and the general round of gossip that is human nature. I think that has taken him by surprise.
But I doubt it will make him open up, probably have the reverse effect, and wouldn’t you rather have action than words?
To me, the pursuit of Hooper, amid suggestions that a big man in the mould of Kenwyne Jones also remains on the agenda, underpins Carlos Carvalhal’s desire to look at two up front, having picked Atdhe Nuhiu or Lucas Joao as lone strikers previously.
You wonder if 3-5-2, with overlapping wide men, might be an option? As ever, fascinating to find out.