Tony Pulis has a big job on his hands to turn Sheffield Wednesday’s fortunes around.
The experienced Welshman was appointed last week following the departure of Garry Monk, and tasted defeat in his first game in charge against Preston North End yesterday.
Wednesday received a boost recently by having their 12-point deduction halved to six by the EFL, but they seemingly have more pressing issues on the field in their attempt to gain wins.
We have a look at two things Pulis needs to look at by the time the January transfer window comes around – it could be Wednesday’s most important window in years.
Extra firepower needed
It’s clear to see to anyone that Wednesday are struggling for goals, and the latest injury to Jack Marriott won’t help on that front.
Two goals scored in their last seven games has seen the Owls remain in the relegation zone, and although Pulis prides himself on his teams being defensively solid, he will know that a goalscorer will be the priority.
He may find a free agent before January that can do a job, but more than likely Wednesday will need to delve into the market in 2021 for a Premier League loanee or further afield.
Barry Bannan – does he stay or go?
The Owls’ midfield talisman is out of contract at the end of the season, and was subject to interest in the previous transfer window from Brentford.
The Scottish international, who turns 31 next month, is the kind of player who you want to build your team around, but Tony Pulis can only do that if he knows where Bannan’s contract situation lies.
Wednesday won’t get much of a fee for Bannan in January should he decide to not extend his deal, so this could very much be a lose-lose – but fans will have their fingers crossed that their number 10 will be remaining at Hillsborough for the foreseeable future.