Tony Pulis has hinted that Sheffield Wednesday will look to sign a winger in January, admitting that his side missed Kadeem Harris yesterday.
Pulis’ first game in charge of the Owls ended in defeat, with Wednesday losing 1-0 to Preston North End at Deepdale.
Josh Windass was sent off in the 17th minute for a high challenge on Joe Rafferty, meaning that Pulis’ side had to play the best part of 75 minutes with 10-men.
Tom Barkhuizen’s volley shortly after half-time put Preston 1-0 up, and it eventually turned out to be the winning goal.
Wednesday were dominated in the end, seeing only 25% of the ball and failing to register even one of their five shots on target.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post post-match, Pulis admitted that his side missed Kadeem Harris, and hinted that he will look to address the Owls’ lack of wide options in January.
He said: “We missed (suspended winger Kadeem) Harris today and he’ll give us pace and hopefully a little bit of quality down the sides of the pitch.
“That’s one of the areas we certainly need to address, I think everybody I engage with has mentioned that area. It’s no surprise.
“I think the supporters will understand that if you just look at the facts we haven’t been scoring enough goals, we haven’t got the balance right up there.”
Wednesday sit 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship table, and sit three points adrift of safety ahead of this week’s trip to Swansea City.
The way Pulis likes his teams to play, signing a new winger is very important.
He likes his wingers to play wide, beat their men and put deliveries into the box, with big, strong target men often leading the line.
They needed to unlock Preston’s defence at the weekend, but they lacked the pace and power to do so yesterday. Pulis is right, they do need to address that.