Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday: We don’t need to add too much, says Carlos Carvalhal

Michael Turner boosts Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal's options having returned from injury.
Michael Turner boosts Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal's options having returned from injury.
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s head coach Carlos Carvalhal has played down any talk of significant inward business when the January transfer window opens.

Wednesday were one of the prime movers in the summer market in the Championship, spending around £9m to bring in a number of players, including Lucas Joao, Fernando Forestieri, Marco Matias and Lewis McGugan.

All told, including the addition of loanee Gary Hooper, the Owls have 16 added players to their squad from last season.

The result has been a strong showing in the first half of the campaign.

Several players remain sidelined, including Tom Lees and Matias, but with most returning to the fray by the new year period, Carvalhal sees no need for much tinkering in January.

Carvalhal, whose side can move into the top six with victory at Cardiff today, said: “We have eyes open to the market like all the clubs in the market.

“But we are absolutely sure we are in a different position to a lot of clubs because we do not necessarily have to do too many things.

“We are happy with our players and don’t need to do too many things. We will do very few things.

“If we recover Matias, who was fantastic at the start of the season, we have another ‘new player’.

“If we recover Lees, we have another good player, and with (Vincent) Sasso, it’s another player to complete the defence.

“For Filipe (Melo) to recover is more difficult. But with Sergiu Bus, it’s another option to attack.

“First of all, we should look at our own players as they are players with value. If we recover them, why do we need three or four more?”

Carvalhal welcomes Michael Turner back into the fold following injury and while a number of players are missing today, the Portuguese is grateful for at least having one influential player coming back into the fray.

Carvalhal, who has refused to divulge the length of Lees’s absence with a hamstring injury, said: “We are better this week than last week and we are optimistic and positive. We have one more player fit and that means we are more strong with more options than last week.”