With the transfer window now closed and only loan moves an option, will Sheffield Wednesday pay the price for a lack of activity in the transfer market?
Fans were perplexed by a lack of activity until Chairman Dejphon Chansiri confirmed the Owls are subject to temporary sanctions at a fans forum, as reported on BBC Sport.
So are Sheffield Wednesday in trouble after such a quiet transfer window?
They are in grave danger.
Sheffield Wednesday signed no one, and fans were clueless as to why after manager Jos Luhukay declared himself happy with his squad.
Late on in the window, it was revealed they are under a transfer embargo, surely the fans should have been told this earlier?
Permanent deals might no longer be allowed until January but loans can still be pushed through.
You’d imagine Wednesday will lose even more players during the next three weeks and try to fill the gaps with their on loans should be afforded the luxury of doing so.
It has been a bad summer for the Hillsborough side and they now look to be on a downward spiral having lost their first game of the season.
It’s going to be tough for them from here on out.
Think their squad is good enough to avoid any relegation trouble, but I wouldn’t rule it out.
Due to their transfer embargo, they have been unable to strengthen and that really damages their chances of competing for promotion.
With players like Kieran Lee, Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri coming back from long-term injuries, these will seem like new signings for the Owls.
I predict mid-table mediocrity, although they could be dragged into the relegation dogfight if the players lose confidence.
They were in trouble before it, so they’re definitely not any better off now.
There’s still the loan window though, so in truth not as much was decided last night as you might think. However, the Owls look weakened from last season and they only just avoided a bottom three finish then.
Could be a long one.
It’s been far from ideal.
They had their hands tied a bit by FFP but it is still a concern.
Personally, I think their first XI is good enough to get results and so they won’t be going down but I think it’ll be another mid-table finish this season.