Sheffield Wednesday winger Jeremy Helan is urging the Owls to stick together ahead of Saturday’s match at Birmingham City.
Helan, who signed a permanent deal at Hillsborough in the summer after impressing during a loan spell with the club last season, also thinks that Wednesday can become a major force in the Championship.
The 21-year-old former France Under 19 international has been an ever-present in Owls’ manager Dave Jones’ team this season, so is in a good position to judge the mood within the squad after a winless start to the campaign.
And while last weekend’s 1-1 draw against newly promoted Yeovil Town left many Wednesdayites frustrated with the team’s toothless performances at home, Helan says there are some positive signs.
He said: “We have to stick together and the results will come.
“Five out of our six league games we have scored first and then let the other team get back into the match. The players have to stay together and stay strong and we’ll get something going.
“We have gone away from home to some tough places - QPR, Leeds, Middlesbrough - and played well.
“But when we have played teams at home who maybe aren’t as strong such as Burnley, Millwall and Yeovil, who are just promoted, for some reason we haven’t been as confident.
“I don’t know what it is (the reason for poor home form) but I know that we could be a really strong team this season if we can keep playing well away and improve at home.”
It’s no secret that Jones is looking to strengthen the Wednesday squad with loan signings in the same way he did last season.
Helan was among a number of players brought into the club which eventually succeeded in ensuring another year of Championship football at Hillsborough.
Already centre-half Roger Johnson has arrived from League One Wolves and yesterday the Owls confirmed that 19-year-old George Swan, a defender from Manchester City, will join on a youth loan deal until October 19 and work with the club’s development squad.
However, Helan, who has forged a good left-sided partnership with Reda Johnson, believes there is enough good players at the club for results to improve.
“We have quality in the squad,” he said. “I don’t look at it and think we need more. We’ve brought some good people in already who have Premier League experience. But we’re only six games into the Championship season.
“Sometimes it has been down to a lack of concentration rather than a team out-playing us. We’ll stick together; we have a great team spirit.”