Carlos declares: ‘Season starts now’

Carlos declares: ‘Season starts now’

Carlos Carvalhal said Wednesday’s weekend trip to Burnley will feel like the start of a new season following a fruitful finish to the transfer window and a useful international break.

The mood has undoubtedly been raised since the Owls were beaten 3-1 by Middlesbrough, with four new players added before the transfer deadline.

Wednesday certainly flexed their financial muscle in the last weeks of the summer window by adding to an already healthily-sized squad with the captures of not only Daniel Pudil and Michael Turner on loan from Premier League outfits Watford and Norwich City, but also in signing Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri who penned permanent deals at Hillsborough.

Forestieri watched his new team-mates lose 3-1 at home to Boro last time out

Forestieri watched his new team-mates lose 3-1 at home to Boro last time out

The new recruits will add a fresh impetus to the squad and increase competition, meaning CC is more than satisfied with preparations  ahead of Saturday’s red-versus-white rose affair:

“The tempo (of the training) was fantastic because all the players in this moment must fight for their position so this is good”, the Portuguese said.

“The players have a very good attitude during training, so this is positive.”

Carvalhal was also keen to stress how the fresh vibe around the training ground comes from not only the new recruits, but also from experienced regulars coming back from injury and into contention for a starting berth once more.

Captain fantastic: Loovens back in contention for Saturday

With Keiren Westwood (recently having signed a new four-year deal with the club) and Glenn Loovens both looking set to return to the Portuguese’s plans, Carlos certainly noticed the positive impact in he Owls’ ranks, due to a new strength in depth:

“When you receive four or five new players – also with Westwood and Loovens back we have seven players – with good quality of course it is like a new start.

“We are starting a new era; a new dynamic where we will still have difficult games but with our solutions we can stay at a good level for a long time, which I think is very important in this marathon.”

Of course, the aforementioned reasons for a boost in optimism will transfer to a vast majority of Wednesdayites, especially those making the relatively short hop over the Pennines to watch the Owls do battle with Sean Dyche’s men on Saturday.

However, with Carlos being Carlos he was quick to try and nullify the likely surge in expectations surrounding his players:

“Burnley are a hard team,” he said. “They are an organised team and strong in the attack, especially from set-pieces and we are ready to face their dynamics.

“The game and the team we will play will be similar to Ipswich.

“I must be realistic, our expectations of course are higher now,” he continued. “The quality of football will improve in the future and the new players have already improved the quality of the team.”

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