Carlos Carvalhal has rejected suggestions his Owls side lack pace to trouble Championship defences.
Some people have claimed Wednesday’s attack has, at times, not looked dynamic enough in their opening four fixtures. The Owls have so far only managed three goals and one of those was a penalty.
But speaking to the press corps yesterday, Carvalhal said: “We have pace in the team. Most of our attackers have pace and we have pace on the sides.
“We are looking for another winger because it is a long marathon in the competition. We can’t just rely on 11 players. We need more players to share and bring new things to the team.”
It is quality over quantity for Carvalhal and the Portuguese boss is convinced new arrival David Jones will only strengthen his midfield department. Jones, recruited for an undisclosed fee from Burnley earlier this week, could be involved in the Owls’ Yorkshire derby engagement with Leeds United tomorrow, kick-off 12:30pm.
“We needed more cover in midfield and to balance the team,” said Carvalhal. “David is a very experienced player and a fantastic character.
“After talking to him for one minute, I liked him a lot. We are very happy to bring him in because he will be an important player to the team.”
Although Leeds have made a slow start to the season, Carvalhal is refusing to take them lightly.
“They have new ideas, a new coach and new players; these kind of things take time,” he said. “They are starting a process like we did last season.
“After seven games, we had five or six points after seven games. We didn’t start well. We had some problems at the beginning and Leeds are in this process. The players are understanding the coach’s ideas and this is normal in football. Leeds are a strong side but we must focus on ourselves and what we must do.”
He is demanding a positive reponse from his team after their below-par showing at Burton Albion.
Carvalhal said: “It is an important game. We are looking forward to it and know we must react very fast from the last game. We know exactly why we lost.
“We are more strong for this game but we understand it will be tough.
“We want to react very fast and show to all the people what kind of love we have in our bodies.”
A big crowd is expected at S6 and Carvalhal hopes his players will send the fans home happy.
“I’m sure it will be another magic afternoon at Hillsborough,” he said. “The fans are making the difference at Hillsborough.
“The environment they are creating is a threat to our opponents. It is what we expect on Saturday.
“They will play the game at the highest level from the first second to push the team and help the players.
“They are absolutely fantastic home and away and give the players support even when they make mistakes.”