Sheffield Wednesday winger Kadeem Harris on what the players are saying about a possible points deduction
The focus of Sheffield Wednesday players will be put to the test over the next few weeks as the prospect of a season-derailing points deduction hangs over the club.
But the players have already had to deal with transfer embargoes and dramatic managerial changes over the past few months and according to winger Kadeem Harris, these experiences will stand them in good stead when it comes to retaining their on-field focus.
While the 26-year-old admits any potential points deduction would be a hammer blow, he is determined not to let speculation disrupt what has been a promising start to the season.
He said: “No matter what the circumstances around it we’ve just got to get as many points on the board as possible and win as many games as possible.
“I’m not going to concern myself with it at all. I’m just going to focus on the things that are in my control, what’s going on on the pitch.
“That’s very important. If you want to get promoted, you can’t look out on what’s going on around you and the things that you can’t control.”
A deduction is only one of a handful of possible sanctions that could be imposed by the EFL after the Owls were charged with misconduct relating to the submission of their accounts for the 2017/18 season.
The Wednesday squad returned from a few days off on Thursday and the 26-year-old admitted that the issue had been discussed at their Middlewood Road training ground.
“The players are aware of it,” he admitted. “My understanding of it is not great so I can’t say much on it but the players know because it was on the news last night when I was watching TV.
“Some of the guys were talking about it briefly but I wasn’t really listening. It was just a quick chat, there was no deep discussion about it. I think the main focus is on us and our performances.
“You’ve got to focus on the things you can control. I’ve learned that before from being at teams that have been promoted, there might be a little bit of distraction off the field, but you can’t let it get to you.”