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26-year-old takes the positives from Sheffield Wednesday’s draw with QPR

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Speaking to the Daily Star, Sam Winnall has insisted that Sheffield Wednesday must use their first point of the season as a stepping-stone in the Sky Bet Championship.

Winnall’s first goal of the season on Saturday helped Carlos Carvalhal’s side earn a point against Queens Park Rangers, as the Owls posted their first points of the 2017/18 campaign.

The 26-year-old’s goal shortly after half-time cancelled out Jamie Mackie’s 23rd minute goal, ensuring that Carvalhal’s side did not suffer back-to-back defeats at the start of the Championship season.

Speaking in the aftermath of that result, Winnall told the media: “You always want to win your home games, but it’s the manner in which we have got the point that we can take positives from.

“We know that we haven’t found our top form, but we are working on it. This is a start and it’s given us something to build on.”

It has been a slow start to the Championship season for the Owls, and Carvalhal will be looking to bolster his squad between now and the end of the summer, with the hope he can lead Wednesday to a third consecutive top-six finish.

George Boyd has been Wednesday’s only new arrival this summer, with the experienced winger arriving on a free from Burnley.

One area Carvalhal will be keen to strengthen before the end of August is central defence, with Wednesday facing a potential crisis heading into this week’s clash with Sunderland.

Glenn Loovens and Sam Hutchinson were both injured in Saturday’s clash with QPR, leaving Tom Lees as Carvalhal’s only senior option in central defence.

Wednesday’s Portuguese manager hopes Loovens will be fit for the midweek clash with Sunderland, but his injury scare highlights the need for reinforcements. 

The Verdict

Wednesday will be pleased to register their first point of the season, and Carvalhal will be delighted with the spirit his side showed against QPR, particularly with their defensive issues.

Even though we are at an early stage of the season, Wednesday’s squad, particularly in defence, does not look strong enough to compete for a place in the top-six and promotion to the Premier League, with reinforcements needed quickly.

Carvalhal has never been afraid to be bold in the transfer window, and it would be no surprise to see a high-profile arrival in the coming weeks.

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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