What Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk believes new recruits Connor Wickham and Josh Windass will bring to the Owls

Boss Garry Monk hopes new signings Connor Wickham and Josh Windass will provide his stuttering side with a much-needed lift.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 3:36 pm

Wickham and Windass joined the Owls late on deadline day, arriving on loan from Premier League Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic respectively.

The pair, who will remain at Hillsborough for the rest of the season, were not registered in time to feature against Millwall but are expected to be involved when Wednesday travel to Barnsley on Saturday.

Saturday's goalless draw with the Lions means the Owls have picked up just four points from the last 21 on offer. Their poor run of form since Christmas has seen them slip from third in the Championship to 11th.

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Monk admits he is delighted to have added Wickham and Windass to his squad as he bids to halt Wednesday's slide down the table.

"We have been tracking Connor for quite a while; it is good to have him in the building although we couldn't get him or Josh done to be available for Millwall," Monk told The Star.

"But they are in the group and should give everyone a lift and challenge as well.

"I am looking forward to working with them and integrating them into the group.

Connor Wickham

"The challenge for us now is to put an unbeaten run together."

Big targetman Wickham had two loan spells at the Owls in 2012-13 and 2013-14, hitting nine goals in 17 league outings.

As for Windass, the son of former Hull City, Bradford City and Middlesbrough forward Dean, he bagged nine goals in 54 appearances for Wigan.

Monk said: “Josh is a quality player. He has great technique, a high work ethic and he can be effective in those advanced areas.

"It is about having that bit of variety that can help us.”

As well as Wickham and Windass, the Owls also signed Alessio Da Cruz from Parma in the final days of the transfer window.

"I want players at the club that are determined and have a good attitude,” said Monk. “Their ages are right and they are the right profile.”