Why Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk is looking at the 'bigger picture' and 'not just one January window'
Garry Monk, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, says it will take time to develop ‘the team a certain way’ – not just one transfer window.
The Owls boss brought in Connor Wickham and Josh Windass on transfer deadline day to add to Dutch forward Alessio Da Cruz and young Argentine winger Manuel Hidalgo, signed earlier in the month, as he goes about shaping his own side after arriving at Hillsborough in September.
Wickham and Windass, drafted in until the end of the season from Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic respectively, are expected to feature in tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley as Wednesday look to arrest an alarming dip in form which has seen Monk’s side slip from third to 11th in the Championship after just one win in seven league games.
It's a run which has seen Wednesday fall seven points behind the play-offs, but Monk says he’s in no rush to tinker too much with how he’ll set up his side tactically despite bolstering his attacking options.
"We will see,” he told the Star. “You don't want to over-complicate things."If we play within our structure at our highest level, our quality shows and we win games."When we don't do that, we come unstuck. You can do it with quality and adding quality.
"The bigger picture is to develop the team a certain way moving forwards but you need transition and change through all that, not just one January window."You need a few situations to happen but the key is we need to win games.
“We want to try and do it now. We still have an opportunity in the league so we need to push for that as hard as we can.”
The next seven days could go some way to defining Wednesday’s season, with tomorrow’s game at Oakwell followed by a trip to bottom club Luton Town on Wednesday before Monk’s side entertain Reading at Hillsborough on Saturday, February 15.
“We have three games this week to try and get a good run going. We are capable, for sure,” said Monk.