Carlos Carvalhal has stated that his Sheffield Wednesday team can improve in the 2017/18 campaign, but refused to claim his side would be competing for automatic promotion in the Sky Bet Championship, reports the Sheffield Star.
Wednesday have suffered back-to-back play-off disappointments in the last two years, as their wait for a first taste of Premier League action since 2000 continues into an 18th campaign.
However, Wednesday’s Barry Bannan has insisted that he and his teammates are confident of challenging for automatic promotion next season, even after their recent play-off setback against Huddersfield Town.
Carvalhal has supported Bannan’s claim that the Owls can once again improve, but would not commit to say that his side would be the best in the Championship next season, he said: “We could have three or four teams with very big value who have new owners and bring in 14 to 15 new players.
“It is more difficult to fight with them.
“We will fight with them but we can’t say we will be the first or second best team of the competition.
“What we can do is try to do better, work hard and try to improve the team. We will try to bring in some players at crucial points who can help us do better and better.
“We have achieved two play-offs and improved the position in the second year. I believe we can improve again.”
Bannan claimed he was confident the current crop of Wednesday players had enough to compete for promotion, but Carvalhal looks set to add to his squad over the summer, to make sure the Owls continue their progress next season.
Wednesday’s squad is looking bare in central-defence, with only Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees offering Carvalhal a senior option.
Newcastle United’s Grant Hanley and Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala have been two players linked with a move to Hillsborough over the summer, to add to Carvalhal’s options in the heart of defence.
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