If Sheffield Wednesday want to avoid suffering relegation to League One this season, the January transfer window could prove a crucial period for Tony Pulis.
Pulis has racked up just three points from his eight matches in the Hillsborough hot seat, and saw his side fall seven points from Championship safety following their midweek defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Wednesday face another crucial clash in their survival battle against Coventry City on Saturday afternoon knowing that another defeat would mark their worst losing run for more than eight years.
However, the upcoming window would appear more important for Pulis. And according to Yorkshire Live, he wants to sign at least four new players – with a left-back, midfielder, winger and striker the priority, in a bid to pull off the great escape after their disastrous start to the campaign.
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Wednesday recruited nine new players in the summer, but only midfielder Josh Windass has performed consistently, whilst Jack Marriott failed to score in seven games before returning to parent-club Derby after sustaining an injury.
And Pulis will need his January signings to perform far better if he wants the Owls to turn their season around and drag themselves out of the bottom-three.
January has the potential to be a season-defining period for all clubs.
However, you really get the feeling that Pulis’ transfer business could seriously define whether Sheffield Wednesday remain in the division.
It would appear that a striker would have to be their priority – with the Owls scoring just five times in their previous 13 matches, and only 10 goals in total throughout the season.
Whilst Pulis has to act quickly, he needs to be smart, and get the right personnel through the door.