It should be decent year but Dave not finished yet

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IT’S the question that I get asked every year around this time.

“How do you think they’re going to do?”

My answer this time is roughly the same as last year’s:

I think they (Wednesday, of course) will do ok but it’s hard to assess until the squad takes a more definite shape.

Dave Jones and Gary Megson are very different characters but both have faced the same summer task, of improving a squad in readiness for what everyone hopes will be a promotion challenge.

Neither has managed to get all his new players in before the start of the season, but that is not unusual for any manager at any club.

Jones, like Megson before him, looks set to begin the campaign a bit light in the striker department.

That does not necessarily mean there is anything to worry about.

The summer transfer window will be open until the end of the month, by which time Premier League clubs will have chosen their squads of 25 and it will become clearer about who is available.

Even after the window has closed, Football League clubs can make use of the loan market - an avenue that the Owls are willing to explore

As things stand and as I expect them to develop, I think Wednesday are shaping up like a team who should at least manage mid-table.

With the leadership they have from Milan Mandaric and Jones, I cannot see them struggling, and with the addition of the few more players that the club are currently targeting, who is to say that they cannot do a Norwich or a Southampton? The uncertainty of the game is always its beauty, in my view.

Who would have thought at half time at Oldham that the Owls would end up with an emphatic win?

They were two down, had lost both strikers, played poorly and missed a penalty.

In the end they could have won by more than 4-2.

The front-line pairing of Gary Madine and Chris Maguire was something to be expected. So was the amicable split with Marlon Harewood, which I always suspected would happen.

Marlon worked hard and, of course, scored a hat-trick at Kilmarnock, but it was a testimonial game against poor opposition.

Jones was probably right to judge that he already had a similar type of player in Chris O’Grady, who if he makes it back into the starting line-up, would not be the first Wednesday player to earning himself a renaissance after it had seemed that his days could be numbered.

It is the shortage of options up front that Jones will be trying to tackle.

I think that the Owls could do with an injection of pace up there - a quality they possess on the wings, with Jermaine Johnson and Michail Antonio.

It is also interesting that Jones, like Megson, does not seem to favour players just because he has signed them. For example Reda Johnson has been pretty much holding down the left-back spot, despite the arrival of Joe Mattock, and Kieran Lee was not even in the 18 for the Oldham game, though he was not injured.

All in all, it should be a fascinating season.