Mandaric expects new Sheffield Wednesday owner to spend big

New owner Dejphon Chansiri saw his side dominate the possession and shots on goal stats on Tuesday night, but Wolves still ran out 3-0 winners.

Now ex-owner and chairman Milan Mandaric has instructed the Thai businessman, who bought the club last month, that he needs to spend big to realise the club's ambitions. And it is clear that money needs to be spent in the striking department in what will be a critical summer for the Hillsborough club.

A disputed penalty set Wolves on the way to a comprehensive victory at Molineux last night, but post-match, manager Stuart Gray pointed to the key attributes of his side in this Sky Bet Championship campaign, one of which was a familiar failing last night and the other which was uncharacteristic in letting him down.

Wednesday have scored just 33 goals this season, with the league's bottom two clubs, Millwall and Blackpool, the only two teams to have found the target on fewer occasions. It was another blank for strikers Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May - top league goal scorer with seven - as last night's contest saw the Owls record 20 attempts on goal, but just three were on target; a strike-rate which has typified an inconsistent campaign.

At the other end of the pitch, Wednesday have been equally resolute in not troubling the scoreboard operators this season. Their 38 goals conceded is bettered only by second-placed Middlesbrough, but despite Gray claiming the first-half penalty - converted by Bakary Sako - was harsh on his side, he was surprised at how his team conceded the following two goals.

Meanwhile, Mandaric spoke to the Sheffield Star about how the new regime will "accelerate the club's financial needs", which clearly points towards investment in the striking department. Mandaric said: “I am quite sure the new owner will spend some money, but he is not going to waste money. He’s a very good businessman and knows money is going to be needed, but he’s not going spend money without it being invested money.”

Wednesday now face two consecutive Yorkshire derbies, away at Rotherham on Saturday and then home to Huddersfield on 4th April. Anyone hoping to see a long-awaited return to goal-scoring form for the Owls may need reminding that both reverse fixtures earlier in the season ended 0-0.

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