Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has hinted that some of his younger players could be sent out on loan before the transfer window closes but indicated that will depend on any further signings.
The Owls have been busy in the summer window so far, adding six new players, but also saw a significant number of their squad leave at the end of last season.
Monk’s new-look squad has made an impressive start to the 2020/21 campaign – progressing to the third round of the Carabao Cup and beating Cardiff City 2-0 in their Championship opener.
Young players have been key to that success, with the likes of Matt Penney, Alex Hunt, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, and Ciaran Brennan all featuring.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live after last night’s 2-0 win against Rochdale, Monk was pressed on whether any of the young players could go out on loan before the window closes in October and hinted that it could hinge on other business.
He said: “It will depend on where the squad ends up by the end of this window.
“I want to strengthen but that’s an ongoing situation and we will see what happens with that.
“There is nothing imminent at the moment.
“There is going to be a lot of young lads, regardless of what the squad looks like (at the end of the window), in the first team and contributing.”
The Wednesday boss also revealed he was hoping to add a new signing before the clash with Watford on the weekend.
Monk explained: “That’s the plan but there is nothing imminent.
“We are trying but it is not easy. There is competition and when there is competition it becomes more expensive.”
As the result of an EFL charge last season, the Owls have begun the 2020/21 campaign with a 12-point deduction.
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Despite the 12-point deduction, there seems to be a fair amount of positivity about the way that Wednesday have started the season.
Part of that is, of course, driven by their results but you have to feel that the involvement of the young players is also a factor.
Monk’s stance on sending a few of them out on loan makes a lot of sense. Clearly, they should stay if they’re going to be involved but if they aren’t a move elsewhere to secure regular football could be smart.