Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has told the Sheffield Star that they will not be signing anyone on a free transfer despite the injuries affecting the squad.

While the Owls have finally got some form together after getting wins over Nottingham Forest and Brentford, they still have problems in their squad which might stop them as they look to challenge at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table. Their squad has been depleted due to injuries with the likes of Sam Hutchinson, George Boyd and Fernando Forestieri and it has left some parts of the team with very little depth.

With temporary loans not being allowed any more, some have suggested that Wednesday will look to the free agent market to bolster their squad. However Carvalhal has instead refuted those claims and has said that they will be working with the team they have until the January transfer window, especially after a similar deal to sign Urby Emanuelson didn’t work out last season.

He said: “We are happy with the squad and must give confidence to the players,”

“At the moment, we don’t have any emergencies.”

On Emanuelson, he added: “That was a different situation and it can happen to all the teams in the world,”

“At that moment, we needed a left-back.”

“We signed [Adam] Reach to play left wing and Daniel Pudil was injured. We didn’t have a left-back so we needed one.”

“It was an emergency.”

“We checked (the market) and there were two or three available. Out of the three, the best that we could achieve at that moment was Urby.”

“When we brought Urby to play, Adam played at left-back in that week and he did absolutely amazing. He was fantastic. After that, we recovered Pudil and Urby stayed a little out of the team.”


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