Date: 30th July 2018 at 5:26pm
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Having spent heavily across the last few seasons as Sheffield Wednesday chased promotion to the Premier League and a return to top-flight football, it’s long been known and understood that this year the club were looking to trim the wage bill, move high earners on and give us a more stable financial footing.

With confusion surrounding the deal for Frederico Venancio where it was believed we already had a buy clause in his loan from Vitoria Setubal, that soon turned into reports of failed bids as we followed up our interest and then frankly silence – the summer has seen departures, plenty of speculation, but no incomings with a more youthful feel to our pre-season preparations and starting lineups.

With Financial Fair Play regulations well known, the lack of incomings has led to speculation of its own as to whether or not we had been placed under an embargo by the EFL and when questioned about that the Sheffield Star have manager Jos Luhukay basically dodging the question.

Speaking following the pre-season friendly defeat to Villarreal at the weekend, he said.

“I don’t know. For me, it is important that I have trust in my team and players. We have now worked five weeks together. I trust my team and players so I’m not unhappy.”

Pressed on whether fans could expect permanent signings or just loans ahead of the big kick-off, Luhukay claimed it wasn’t his ‘position’ to answer ‘these questions’ and he would give a response as to whether we needed to sell more players before he could wheel and deal.

If you read into one of his other comments though, you can argue he’s not best pleased with the situation and that might yield all the answers fans want in many ways.

“This is the first time, after 22 years as a manager, that I work with the same team from the start of pre-season to the new season but it is how it is. I must respect the situation. I try to have patience, and I have trust in the way I work with my team every day. That gives me the motivation to work very intensively with them. Hopefully, we can find a good start to the season and have success with each other.”

I think Owls fans will have to draw their own conclusions as the Star contacted the EFL for comment and their response was ‘no comment’. It appears plenty already have done just that.