Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay may have burst Owls fans hopes when it comes to transfer this summer.
With finances known be tight at Hillsborough and a self stated desire to trim the first team staff and get some of the bigger earners off our books – especially those who have struggled to contribute as first hoped – we have also had confusion and delays over deals that we thought were already done, such as the loan to permanent signing of Frederico Venancio for example.
The Star have an interview with Luhukay this week where he talks about the likes of Kieran Lee, Steven Fletcher and Gary Hooper as being like ‘new signings’ to him, but of most interest were his comments about our youth setup at the club.
Luhukay has drafted in a raft of players to pre-season training this summer and describing our youngsters as having a ‘lot of talent’ the clear implication is that having given debuts to the likes of Ash Baker, Jordan Thorniley, Frederick Nielson and Connor Kirby last campaign, that will continue this year as he turns to our youth to plug a seniors gap.
“We started pre-season with 30 players and we have eight young players from our academy with us. I will see in pre-season how they develop, grow and progress. We will try to develop them. Maybe one of these players will start the first game.”
Calling on those eight given a chance to seize the opportunity they’ve been handed he also confidently said that at least ‘one of them’ could surprise a lot of people, but he didn’t give much else away.
It certainly seems the youth will be given a shot before we see any arrivals.