Sheffield Wednesday hero Mel Sterland outlines how many signings Owls need this summer

General view of the Stadium ahead of the match

Carlos Carvalhal's side came desperately close to getting promoted out of the Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday hero Mel Sterland believes that the Owls need to make four signings during the summer window if they hope to clear the final hurdle that eluded them last season, the Sheffield Star reports.

Wednesday came within one game of reaching the Premier League, but ultimately were denied in the play-off final by a moment of brilliance from Mohamed Diame.

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the game

And while Sterland - who was part of the Owls side that bounced back from narrowly missing out on a top three spot two years running to secure promotion to the First Division in 1984 - has been full of praise for the current squad, he suggested that Carlos Carvalhal needs to add a handful of options during the coming weeks.

"The manager will know where he needs to strengthen and I'm sure the chairman will put more money into the football club this summer," he told the Star. "Carlos has been in football a long, long time.

"He has a good bunch of lads and got the team playing some good football. We just need a bit more quality in certain positions.

"Carlos only needs to add four more players to the squad and we will be looking very strong again."

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the game

Considering that Carvalhal arrived at Hillsborough last summer with no previous experience of English football under his belt, it could be argued that Wednesday hugely overachieved this past year to put themselves so prominently in the promotion picture.

But with a full year under his belt to instil his philosophy, and with many of the loan signings joining on a permanent basis, they will certainly fancy their chances of being one of the pace-setters next season rather than the side that emerged out of the mid-table pack as the campaign wore on. 

And if they are able to add the kind of quartet that Sterland believes will benefit the squad, it is fair to say that they will surely be one of the favourites to book themselves a place in the top flight. 

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

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