Sheffield Wednesday: Boss Carvalhal plans to mix and match

Carlos Carvalhal
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Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal insists all his players will get a chance to stake a claim for a first-team place over the coming weeks.

The Portuguese, formerly of Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas, has spoken of the importance of strength in depth heading into Wednesday’s Championship curtain-raiser against Bristol City.

Since his appointment, Carvalhal has stated his desire to have two players battling it out per position.

Now the Owls chief is spoilt for choice with Wednesday, who rounded off their pre-season programme with an impressive 5-0 victory over St Mirren at Hillsborough last weekend, having drafted in nine new players over the summer.

They are are hoping to tie up a deal for Marseille forward Modou Sougou this week.

The Senegalese international is understood to have held discussions with Wednesday’s hierarchy over a potential move in the last 48 hours.

Capturing Sougou would be another piece in the jigsaw but the Owls remain on the look-out for a new left-back and striker. Rhoys Wiggins’ proposed move to Hillsborough has hit a stumbling block over personal terms while Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones continues to get linked with a return to South Yorkshire.

Nonetheless, Carvalhal has told his squad that he plans to mix up his starting eleven as they Owls aim to improve on their 13th-placed finish last term.

He told The Star: “It (rotation) is important in the Championship and in the cups. We will play a lot of matches. We will make some changes, depending on the match and how the players are doing at that moment.

“The strategy for some matches will be different. Some teams will have different characteristics to others.”

Ex-Owls midfielder Paul Corry has signed a one-year deal with Northampton.

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