New Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce had a great start to life at the club as we took victory last weekend over Ipswich Town in his first official game in the dugout, and this week he’s been addressing the over bloated Wednesday squad that he’s inherited and how ultimately he needs to trim the pack.
With a number of games left in the 2018/19 Championship campaign, Bruce told the Official Site that in the coming weeks he had two main aims, continue to improve our results but also assess everyone with an eye to the summer.
“I’ve said to all of them, the problem we’ve got is that I left seven players behind, and still travelled with 20. There is a big squad so it’s impossible to keep 27 happy because players want to play. But I’ve given the lads the assurance that they will get the chance. We have got two or three months to have a really good look at the players but in the meantime, can we mount a little challenge? Can we put a run together? Because in this division anything is possible. But let’s not get carried away, we’ve had a good start, it’s got to be the aim of everybody at the club to finish as high as we can.”
Bruce is right to highlight the number of players considered to be first team, but he’s also spot on in making sure people have their chance to shine and then ultimately it’s down to them to impress and those that don’t will help ease our Financial Fair Play concerns by leaving next summer, and giving the gaffer the wriggle room he wants to build his own squad.