Sheffield Wednesday flew out of the traps last weekend with a fine win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Since, we saw them have a busy Deadline Day and now the rest of the season lies in front of us, starting with a game with Barnsley this weekend.
Here, then, we speak to Louis Shackshaft of the Championship Pod to grab his thoughts about what’s going on at Hillsborough and this weekend’s tie…
1. A good win last time out, how impressed were you with the nature of the performance at Reading?
I was just happy that they took the three points on the opening day if I’m honest. The first game of the season can go either way, so to pick up the victory on the road was a good confidence booster. I was more impressed that we managed to score two more goals after Reading drew level and we went down to ten men. We didn’t panic, it was a professional performance. Long may it continue.
2. The window closed yesterday, how would you sum up your club’s business?
Great. We have brought in some talented individuals where we were light in areas. I’m a huge fan of Massimo Luongo, I can’t wait to see him in a Wednesday shirt.
Although I was gutted as everyone else that we didn’t get Hector, credit to the Chairman, I’m glad he didn’t make a rash decision and pay too much money if it wasn’t in the best interests of the club. Particularly with the ongoing FFP implications in the past. It seems Chansiri has learnt a valuable lesson here. Otherwise, we may still need a left-back but it’ll be January before we know it. Overall, a fantastic window for Wednesday with minimal net spend in the new recruits.
3. Barnsley up next, how wary of them are you after their win over Fulham?
Very wary, I watched the highlights. They look great going forward, particularly on the counter-attack. I expect Barnsley to go under the radar a little this term and cause a few upsets along the way. Daniel Stendel is doing a great job so far, they will still be on a high after last season’s promotion. It will be a tough encounter on Saturday.
4. Would you hand any of the club’s last-minute signings debuts this weekend?
Not yet. I do expect, however, maybe a couple of them may make an appearance from the bench depending on how the game pans out. We have to remind ourselves that these players have only been at the club for two to three days. It would be best to give them time to bed in and get a few training sessions under their belt. No need to rush their debuts, it’s a long season and we currently have plenty of selection options.
5. Score prediction
I’m always confident that Wednesday can beat anybody on their day, at home. 2-1 to the Owls