Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal vows to rectify Owls’ form

Owls chief Carlos Carvalhal has pledged to kickstart his side’s season following their sluggish start to the campaign.

Wednesday head to promotion hopefuls Burnley tomorrow lying in 15th position, having picked up five points from their opening five Championship fixtures.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

With the Owls having recruited Michael Turner, Daniel Pudil, Fernando Forestieri and Barry Bannan in the last fortnight, Carvalhal has plenty of options at his disposal.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and skipper Glenn Loovens are also hoping to be involved after shaking off kidney and ankle problems respectively. Westwood is a minor injury concern after sustaining a knock in training yesterday but Carvalhal remains confident the Republic of Ireland international will be passed fit for selection.

Barring Filipe Melo, who is expected to shortly resume first-team training, Carvalhal has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Carvalhal said: “I have received four new players who haven’t played yet and we’ve got Glenn [Loovens] and Keiren [Westwood] who have been out who have good quality.

“It’s like a new start. We have a new dynamic. We know we have difficult games but we have more solutions and that is important as this competition is a marathon. I believe we will improve the team week by week.”

Given chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s hefty investment in the squad, the charismatic Portuguese boss accepts the Owls’ results must improve.

Carvalhal is refusing to make excuses for their patchy form but admitted: “We need a win.

“We have won the games in the cup. We have not had an easy start as we have played some teams who have a big expectation to get promoted.

“But it’s not the way that you start, it’s the way that you finish. It is a long marathon and there are a lot of matches. It is important to win and we want to win as soon as possible.”

Wednesday are keeping an eye on the loan market and remain keen on bringing in a new striker.

When quizzed on adding to his squad, Carvalhal said: “I don’t want to talk about this. The window has finished. I know the loan window is open but I think it’s not time to discuss this.

“It is time to focus on our dynamic. All the time we are trying to do our best for Sheffield Wednesday. We are changing a lot of things. We have received a lot of new players. We can’t change everything in one minute.”

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