Carlton Palmer has urged Sheffield Wednesday to recruit ‘hungry’ players if they’re to get themselves out of the Championship.
Since reaching the play-offs in 2016-17, the Owls have failed to finish any higher than 12th in the table despite their best efforts to make a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
This season things are even more difficult after the club were handed a 12-point deduction for breaching spending rules.
That has left them struggling in the relegation zone with just six points on the board after 11 games.
While replacing Garry Monk as manager will hopefully see the club make stark improvements, Palmer believes that the club’s shortcomings are down to their recruitment policy.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, Palmer said: “The players that they’ve brought in; Hooper and Fletcher have been decent players but you need players who are hungry.
“You need players who are young, hungry, fit and determined – especially to get out of the Championship.
“You need players who are going to play 36 or 38 games a season.
“Look at Sean Dyche, he gets big, strong players who can play the majority of the games in a season.
“You look at when they got promoted; he doesn’t rotate the team, the players play week in, week out and they are robust but that’s what you’ve got to have.
“They’ve got to be hungry.
“If they’re not hungry enough then you’ll struggle because the Championship is a tough league.
“You want players who have an incentive to win on a Saturday, they want to get promoted.
You need them and for me Sheffield Wednesday haven’t had those players at the club for quite a while now.”
Funds may be limited at Hillsborough right now but the club won’t have to wait long to have the option to strengthen.
The January transfer window opens in around a month-and-a-half and it’s likely that the new manager will be hoping to make some shrewd addition to take the club forward.
Promotion could be a tad optimistic this season, but supporters will be hoping that this can be the start of a steady rise towards the top end of the table.