Where do Sheffield Wednesday’s young players stand under new boss Tony Pulis?
Sheffield Wednesday’s talented raft of young players have been delivered some clear advice as how to battle their way further into the thinking of new manager Tony Pulis.
Speaking after the Owls’ 1-1 draw at Swansea on Wednesday evening, Pulis made it clear he sees no reason to treat the youngsters any differently to more senior players in the side and that he feels no pressure to give them elevated opportunities on account of their age.
His is a simple message; play and train your way into the team.
“They’ve got to be good enough,” he said. “If they’re good enough, I’ll play them, if they’re not I won’t.
“I won’t play them because a football club spends two, three, four million pounds on academies, I play them because they’re good enough.”
Liam Shaw was the first of the young starlets to have been handed an opportunity in Pulis’ young reign as Owls boss when he replaced Joost van Aken 20 minutes from time at the Liberty Stadium.
Alex Hunt, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Osaze Urhoghide were included on the bench.
“I thought Shaw did well when he came on,” Pulis said. “I was really pleased with the kid. He looks as though he could be a player we can add to the squad.”
Pulis appears to have continued where Garry Monk left off in taking a good look at the club’s brighter academy players. Josh Dawodu, Ryan Galvin, Korede Adedoyin and Isaac Rice are among those to have also trained with the first team since his arrival.