Jeremy Helan is convinced Sheffield Wednesday possess the strength in depth to mount a sustained promotion push.
Following the emphatic Boxing Day victory over Birmingham City at Hillsborough, Wednesday sit just outside the play off places, with only a last minute goal from Ipswich Town against QPR at the weekend, edging the Owls out of the top six.
And ahead of a tough trip to Middlesbrough today, Helan says the Championship have yet to see Carlos Carvalhal's side hit top gear.
“I think we have the players and quality,” he said. “We have to keep playing the same as we have done in the last two games (against Wolves and Birmingham) and we will be fine.
“In the summer we had a new manager and new players, but we look like a team that has played together for two years. It is like a fresh squad, everyone is new but we couldn’t really have asked for much more. We are playing well but the best is yet to come.”
Carvalhal ready for a battle with Boro
Middlesbrough were not in action over the weekend as their clash at Blackburn Rovers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, meaning they have not played since December 19.
“Recovery is going to be very important; Middlesbrough haven’t played so they will be fresher than us that’s for sure but mentally we have to be strong,” acknowledged Helan. “I know they are a good team but in the last two games we have shown we can compete.
“We are going to go there with confidence and hopefully the legs will follow the mind!”
Wednesday have got nothing to lose, according to the Frenchman.
Helan said: “The Championship is very intense. We want to push for the play-offs. They want to push for promotion.
“We don’t go there with pressure. Middlesbrough will have more pressure than us because they know they can’t let us come back. At the same time, we have to take it seriously.
“It is going to be a big, intense game. If you are ready mentally, you know you can give something.
“At the end of the day, we are professional players and we can recover well.
“There could be a big turnaround for us. If we can beat Middlesbrough, that will be a good win and we can get closer to the top teams and you never know what can happen.”