Sheffield Wednesday’s growing loan contingent need not worry about spending their season sitting on the bench - at least if Carlos Carvalhal is to be believed.
Jack Hunt, Vincent Sasso and Alex Lopez have all so far penned season-long loan deals with the Owls, with others likely to follow.
Head coach Carvalhal has suggested all three are likely to play in plenty of matches this season as it is his philosophy to only sign players on loan if they can be guaranteed game time.
“When you loan a player from another club, especially a young player, you have a big responsibility,” Carvalhal said.
“With my experience in football, when you loan a player and you don’t feel he will play regularly in your team, you are making a big mistake.
“If you loan a player, you must be absolutely sure they will play.
“What will happen if the player doesn’t play, especially a young one, he won’t be happy.
“We wouldn’t be improving the player and because he has the protection of his main club, he will be comfortable, he will relax.
“And then we may say to the club to take him back because he is not motivated.
“The main club will maybe cut the relationship with us because we are not caring about their players.
“This happens often.
“I have said to the chairman, if we bring a player on loan we should be absolutely sure we can promise they will play all the matches.”
Carvalhal also said he does not expect to build his team with loan players.
However it is apparent Wednesday are keen to sign a striker on loan after being linked to Norwich City’s Gary Hooper, Daryl Murphy of Ipswich Town and Patrick Bamford of Chelsea.
Clubs are permitted five loan players in any matchday squad.
Former Northampton Town midfielder Lewis Hornby was with the Wednesday squad for Saturday’s friendly at Northampton Town.
And Carvalhal revealed he is on trial with the club and had been training with the Owls U18 squad before they departed for their tour of Portugal last week.
Carvalhal: “He is not our player so we did not put him in the game with Alfreton.
“His has trained with us one time. He will continue training with us to check him to see if he is good enough for a deal with us.”