Garry Monk offers his thoughts on a 'difficult' transfer window so far for Sheffield Wednesday

Garry Monk has reiterated his hope for the addition of ‘one or two’ players to his Sheffield Wednesday squad ahead of Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline and paid a tribute to the work put in by the club’s recruitment team.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 6:25 pm

Speaking after a 2-1 defeat at third-from-bottom "Wigan Athletic the Owls boss himself described as ‘unacceptable’, Monk hinted at widespread long-term changes in a changing room he feels has become ‘too comfortable’ over the last few seasons.

And despite a window that has seen only Argentine youth prospect Manuel Hidalgo added to an injury-hit squad, he refused to register his frustration with the way things have panned out behind the scenes, despite having missed out on several targets.

“The people involved in that process at the club are working very hard,” he said.

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“I know that. It’s not easy.

“They work very hard.

“Hopefully a couple get done in the next day or two.

“Everyone is working hard on it.”

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk deep in discussion with his assistant Lee Bullen.

The difficulty in getting signings over the line has been a common theme across the league, he said, and any long-term change to the make-up of his Wednesday side are likely to take shape in future windows, not this one.

He said: “There is not a lot of movement across all the clubs in this league.

“There is competition for it but I know the club is working hard and the need for it is more than apparent.

“But that is not going to solve all the problems, this is more of a process and longer-term thing.

“Hopefully we can get some bodies over the line before that deadline.

“But it is not going to drastically change the whole thing.

“But the more get in that have the desire game in, game out then of course that is going to help the ones that are here.”

Fiery Dutch forward Alessio Da Cruz is expected to be added to that list of one incoming in what is Monk’s first transfer window as Wednesday manager.

Monk said: “I don't deal with speculation, I don't name names.

“I just let the club do their work, let them get on with it.

“And when it is concrete I am told it is signed and sealed.”