Speaking of his squad, Carvalhal said: “It is the main group, I want them to feel they are very important to the team. They know the Championship, have experience of the Championship. This has happened because I try to care about that. It is one thing that sometimes makes a difference between choosing one player or another.”
Whilst bringing in a number of players from foreign leagues, utilising the cheaper market values available when not signing English players, Carvalhal’s transfer business was also heavily based in English football.
17 players were brought to Hillsborough over the summer, as Carvalhal spent his first months in charge of the Owls, and he built a side with a wealth of Championship experience.
The likes of Daniel Pudil, Fernando Forestieri, Lewis McGugan and Barry Bannan have all been part of sides in the second tier, whilst Wednesday even went to some of their rivals to sign players, with Ross Wallace arriving on a free from Burnley, and Rhoys Wiggins being signed from Charlton.
It has become common knowledge that getting out of the second tier requires players with experience of winning the competition, and Wednesday have been wise to utilise both English and foreign markets.
Carvalhal has ensured that he has gotten the best of the business in the transfer market, bringing in talented foreign stars for cheap values, whilst ensuring his team is also filled with players who have spent portions of their careers in the Championship.
The Portuguese boss has built a team that is one of the strongest in the entire second tier, and it would be no surprise to see the Owls fighting for promotion as the season draws to a close.