Former Sheffield Wednesday player Carlton Palmer has shared his view on the current squad, the manager and the owner, as well as what is needed in order for the Owls to improve.
Wednesday’s season has been plagued by inconsistency and much of that is due to the players Garry Monk has at his disposal. The Owls boss has suggested there will be changes and it is interesting to see if his January signings improve the side after missing out on the chance to make summer additions.
Palmer seems to like what he has seen from Monk so far and believes he has “got to be given time”, and in general holds an optimistic view despite also criticising some of the current playing personnel.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, he commented on Dejphon Chansiri’s ownership as well as what the South Yorkshire club need to add to the squad next summer.
“Young, fit, hungry players who can play 30-plus games a season.
“You can spend big money but if they’re not the right players you’re lumbered with them and it’ll last for three or four years.
“One thing that is clear – there are a lot of players on big money not performing. That seems to be a recurring theme for the last three or four years.”
“The criticism can’t be at the chairman because he’s put his money where his mouth is.”
Fans have been critical of the board recently so Palmer’s view may not sit well with them, but since Chansiri arrived in 2015, Sheffield Wednesday have twice made the Championship play-offs. He has also spent big on players like Jordan Rhodes and although he hasn’t worked out with just 13 goals in 70 games, it is the fault of the transfer policy in place rather than the owner.
As a result, Palmer may be on to a winner by focusing on how the Owls can improve their recruitment strategy. After all, it was young and hungry players like John Lundstram and Jack O’Connell who played a vital role in Sheffield United’s promotion last term.
With Monk in place, the South Yorkshire outfit could have a promising future as, although he has never made the play-offs in the Championship, he has shown that he can get the best out of players like Che Adams and Steven Fletcher, who have scored 22 and 12 goals respectively under his tutelage.
As a result, there may be a lot of work to do but Palmer is right to feel optimistic, particularly as Wednesday have shown they can compete with the league’s best teams at times, as evidenced by the recent victory over Leeds at Elland Road.
What’s your opinion Wednesday fans? Do you place the same faith in Monk and Chansiri that Palmer does or is he being widely inaccurate in his view…
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