Sheffield Wednesday: One in, one out at Hillsborough

Giles Coke
Giles Coke

Manager Dave Jones has expressed his frustration at the transfer window system after admitting that Sheffield Wednesday simply cannot compete with some other free-spending Championship clubs.

Jones revealed earlier this week that he was quoted an asking price of £2.5million for one player, and that another Championship side was close to paying an un-named player in excess of £20,000 a week.

Jones knows some Owls supporters are frustrated at an apparent lack of movement in the transfer market - but isn’t prepared to repeat the mistakes of the club’s past by risking huge fortunes on marquee signings.

Instead, frugal Jones is operating with a ‘one in, one out’ policy at Hillsborough and admitted: “I’ve got to move players out before I can bring any in.

“We can’t get into that big-money market at the moment, or we’ll end up where the club was a few years ago - and we don’t want to do that.

“We’re okay, everyone’s doing their best and we’ll get there in the end.”

Jones’ room for manouvere may have increased this week when Chris Lines agreed a loan deal with Milton Keynes Dons until the end of the season.

Whilst being continually linked with moves for striker Robert Earnshaw and defender Danny Batth, who told this newspaper last week that he would consider a move back to the Owls, Jones’ main priority so far during this transfer window has been attempting to bring back loan stars Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe.

“I don’t agree with the way the transfer window is,” Wednesday boss Jones, speaking after last weekend’s goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, added.

“People can knock the price up as much as they possibly can when they know a club is interested, and it can’t be right.”

Batth, the former Owls loan star who has struggled to win a starting place at his parent club Wolves, could be one name on Jones’ wishlist - especially with Miguel Llera, Wednesday’s Spanish centre-half, out of contract in the summer.

The Owls, however, aren’t expecting any incomings before their scheduled game at Charlton Athletic this weekend, which is under threat due to the weather.

If the game does get the all-clear, Wednesday will to London in 21st place, just one place above the Championship drop-zone.

With only one defeat in seven league games, however, Jones’ charges will travel with a renewed sense of confidence against Charlton, who sit in 12th place.

Rhys McCabe is expected to be in contention after recovering from an illness, but Jones may choose to keep faith with the central midfield partnership of Giles Coke and David Prutton which served him well against Wolves.

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