“We’ll see” – Tony Pulis on whether Sheffield Wednesday will move fast in January transfer window

There was an honesty in the silence of Tony Pulis when quizzed on plans for Sheffield Wednesday’s January transfer window this week.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 6:00 am

Wednesday, like many clubs, have often done their major business late in transfer windows.

But there are six matches in January on top of the three remaining in 2020 and the concern is that the club can ill-afford to take their time on securing deals for players better suited to Pulis’ thinking.

The Owls boss, who has time and again spoken about the desperate need to bring new faces into the club since his arrival just over a month ago, remained conspicuously tight-lipped over whether he was confident the club would be able to bring new players in early on in the new year.

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Pulis also revealed that he was to have a meeting with Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri this week to give what he described as an ‘honest assessment’ of the state of the club and hinted that transfers would be part of that conversation.

Asked directly whether the club were well on with business and whether fans should expect to see business done early in the new year, he told The Star: “We’ll see what happens” and once again reiterated the need for the club to bring in new players.

“I don’t think there’s any other way of saying it,” he said. “We need to improve the group of players.

“As a manager over a long period of time, coming into the football club, I’m giving them a real honest assessment and I’ve said that from the beginning to the chairman who has been very good.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis.

“One of the main things we need to do is stay nice and solid, nice and together. Like I say, I think the players are doing their best.”

Asked whether he believes Chansiri will once again back his manager with money to spend, he said: “We'll see. He's spent a hell of a lot of money on this football club over the past five years and I understand his frustrations.

“You can only do your best and I think they're doing their best.

“The players are looking for one or two players to come in and help out because it's going to be a long season.”



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