Hillsborough hero David Hirst believes it is time for owner Dejphon Chansiri to show his intent so that fans know the quality of player they can expect at Sheffield Wednesday next season.
As things stand, with a raft of players being released at the end of last season, the Owls squad is currently threadbare.
It is of course very early for that to be cause for great concern but Hirst says fans should be made aware as to the level of finance being made available to attract players, so that they can make realistic expectations for the coming campaign.
“I am a fan and I want to know what’s going on myself,” said Hirst. “Chansiri has come out and said he wants to take the club forward, but he has to realise that Sheffield Wednesday fans have been hearing that for the past 30 years.
“Season ticket prices have gone up and there are only six or seven players in the first team squad and no one really knows what to expect next season.
“I think the owner needs to at least come out and explain what his intentions are.
“There is excitement about the place. He has invested in the playing surface but in the end all the fans are really interested in is who is on the pitch.”
And when Hirst and fellow Owls fans do finally get an explanation from Mr Chansiri, the former striker wants the end result to be a sizable amount of money used to bring in the types of players needed to make a genuine promotion push.
“If you shop in the bargain basement then you will stay in the bargain basement,” he added. “It’s going to take a lot of money to get out of this league. If he spends four or five million I don’t think that will be enough. I think he needs to spend almost that amount on a couple of players alone.”
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