There is no doubt that Sheffield Wednesday are in the midst of a defensive crisis, and boss Carlos Carvalhal has moved to address the issue with a move for Vitoria Setubal captain, Frederico Venancio.
The former Portuguese U21 international is set to join the Owls on a season long loan deal with the option for a permanent switch next summer, and is yet another compatriot of Carvalhal’s to be brought into the club.
Wednesday were light on defensive options before the season started, but injuries to Sam Hutchinson and Glenn Loovens has thrown the back line at Hillsborough into jeopardy.
Plugging the hole with Venancio will seal over some of the cracks, but some Wednesday fans are sure to question the signing of a player who many will simply have never heard of.
The south Yorkshire side are thought to be one of the favourites for promotion this season, and although Carvalhal has assembled one of the strongest squads in the division over several years, Venancio is only his second signing of the summer.
Having been rebuffed in moves for Cardiff’s Sean Morrison and former Arsenal man Johan Djourou earlier in the summer, some may consider the move for Venancio to be slightly desperate.
Joining on an initial loan minimises the risk, but if the Portuguese cannot adapt to the physical demands of the English second tier, then Wednesday’s promotion push could be stifled in the coming weeks.
Carvalhal needs to go out and spend on an established, quality Championship level central defender, and must do so very quickly.
Venancio may turn out to be an astute signing for the Owls, only time will tell.
However, he has to be the first of at least two new men at the back for Wednesday, and another centre half must follow him through the door in the coming days.
Are you happy with this signing, Owls fans, or does it seem a little desperate?