Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief is ready to shake things up

Royston Drenthe.
Royston Drenthe.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is planning to bring in several reinforcements in the January transfer window as he looks to boost his squad for the second half of the season.

Gray’s men welcome Blackpool to Hillsborough on Boxing Day aiming to get back on track after back-to-back Championship defeats.

Given their goal-scoring problems, a new striker is likely to feature at the top of Gray’s shopping list. But the Owls boss has not ruled out strengthening other departments of his team in the New Year as he bids to increase competition for places at Hillsborough.

He said: “We need to freshen it up and get new faces in.”

Gray has spoken to Reading and Watford regarding the possibility of extending Royston Drenthe and Lewis McGugan’s loan deals. The duo are poised to go back to their parent clubs after the Owls’ trip to Wigan Athletic next week.

“I think the two boys are keen to play and are enjoying their football,” he said. “It’s down to whether they (Reading and Watford) pick up injuries or suspensions. Hopefully, fingers crossed, they will be extended.”

Glenn Loovens is a big injury doubt ahead of Friday’s clash against Blackpool. The skipper, who is one booking away from a two-match suspension, picked up a hamstring problem in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Fulham and took no part in training yesterday.

Gray said: “Glenn will probably have a fitness test on the day of the game.”

With Kamil Zayatte still on the sidelines through injury, Claude Dielna is set to deputise should Loovens be unavailable for selection.