Sheffield Wednesday: Owls desperate for top class striker says ex-boss

Norwich City's Gary Hooper
Norwich City's Gary Hooper
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Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws says Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri must continue the club’s pursuit of a top-class goalscorer if they are to make progress this season.

Wednesday failed to bring a striker to Hillsborough before transfer deadline day, with a reported bid made for Fulham’s Ross McCormack and a long, drawn out chase for Norwich City’s Gary Hooper proving fruitless, thus far.

Ex-Owls boss Brian Laws

Ex-Owls boss Brian Laws

However, with the emergency loan window now open, it is expected that the Owls will ressurect their quest for a proven marksman.

And ahead of Saturday’s game at Burnley between two of his former clubs, Laws says a new frontman is vital.

“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be targeting a player like Hooper, if they have the finances and it’s apparent they do,” Laws told The Star.

“If they want to be competitive in this division then that’s what they have to do.

“They are not in a position to gamble on someone who might (get goals), they need to go all out and get a striker.”

Laws added: “It’s doesn’t surprise me that they are going for the likes of Hooper - he’s a proven goalscorer and that’s someone they have to try and get.

“A new striker will get the crowd up and get the players motivated. If they don’t get a proven goalscorer they are going to find it difficult. They’ve got to really go and get a talisman up front.”

Laws, who spent just over three years as Wednesday boss between 2006 and 2009, believes Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal has plenty of work ahead of him after what has been a difficult start to the campaign.

Wednesday haven’t won in the Championship since seeing off Bristol City on the opening day and while Laws admits he has only watched his old side once, he thinks he saw the worst of them on that occasion.

“I saw them at Hillsborough and I think they were probably at their worst - they stole a point against Reading,” he said.

“Expectations amonst the supporters are very high after the summer; bringing so many players into the club but that means it is going to take a bit of time for things to work.

“But crucially they are leaking goals which was their biggest strength last season, the defence, and in the other key area, like last year, they don’t have enough of a goal threat.”