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Sheffield Wednesday: 'Everybody knows the way we play and what we expect'

Owls boss Jos Luhukay.
Owls boss Jos Luhukay.
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Manager Jos Luhukay believes Wednesday will benefit from having a settled squad heading into the new Championship campaign.

With less than a week to go until the summer transfer window shuts, the Owls have not made a solitary signing.

But Luhukay, whose side go to league new boys Wigan Athletic tomorrow, is refusing to be downhearted, claiming a quiet summer on the transfer front could work to their advantage.

"It can be a positive thing for us," he said. "This team have worked together over the last three years. Only Joey Pelupessy came in in January.

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"The players know each other. Everyone knows the way we play and what we expect. The competition starts on Saturday and I think we are ready for it."

Asked if he is frustrated by their lack of transfer business, Luhukay said: "It is not frustrating. Everyone knows I speak with a lot of respect and confidence in my team. I believe in my team so that is how it is."

There have been some high-profile departures, including Glenn Loovens, Ross Wallace, Jack Hunt and Jordan Rhodes.

But Luhukay reckons he has freshened the team up by drafting a raft of their academy players into the senior set-up.

He said: "We gave eight players away and we bring seven players in from the Under-23s. All young players between 19 and 21. That is how we have refreshed the team.

"We have a couple of injured players back so we have refreshed things."

The Owls' fans' forum, featuring chairman Dejphon Chansiri, is sold-out. All successful applicants have been notified by email. The event, which is scheduled to take place at Hillsborough on Monday, begins at 7pm.

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