'Return of Wolves' Ben Marshall an obvious solution': Sheffield Wednesday fans discuss which players they want to sign in January

Sheffield Wednesday fans look on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrews (stadium) on September 27, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

HITC Sport spoke to three Sheffield Wednesday supporters ahead of the January transfer window.

Carlos Carvalhal manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

Sheffield Wednesday's season has gone from bad to worse, culminating in the departure of manager Carlos Carvalhal on Christmas Eve.

Could the January transfer window be the catalyst for improvement at Hillsborough? HITC Sport caught up with three Owls fans to see what's in store...

Aden Flint of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on December 16, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Molly Shepherd-Boden (@MollyShep)

What do you think Sheffield Wednesday's budget will be? Our chairman obviously has the funds to put into the club, however, I think we will have limited resources in January. A lot of money was put into the team in the summer, and I think it will be a case of shipping a couple of players out, to maybe bring in one or two new additions.

In what positions do they need to strengthen? Given our current injury problems, we have real defensive weaknesses, so could do with a solid CB. If we're being realistic, that probably won't happen, as quality in that area is hard to come by and we brought in [Joost] van Aken and [Frederico] Venancio in the summer. A lack of pace has also been cited as an issue, but I think [Fernando] Forestieri returning from injury will be like a new signing for us.

Who would be your dream January signing? [Bristol City's] Aden Flint. In my opinion, he's the best centre-back in the league, and exactly what our team is missing. He's a fantastic leader, solid as a rock at the back and can chip in with a few goals from set pieces.

Who would be a realistic January signing? I'd like to see a creative midfielder come into the team. Someone with experience of the league would be ideal, as so far, getting players from foreign leagues hasn't really worked for us. Yohan Cabaye hasn't been getting much first team football at Crystal Palace and is out of contract in the summer - I think he would be a fantastic signing.

Which players do you expect your team to sign in January? I have no real expectations, as we did so much in the summer market. A couple of new additions would be nice, but I wouldn't be massively disappointed with limited movement. I think this is possibly a season of consolidation and we need to save resources for the next transfer window.

John Egan of Brentford applauds supporters during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on November 4, 2016 in Brentford, England.

Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine)

What do you think Sheffield Wednesday's budget will be? If Financial Fair Play [FFP] wasn't an issue, I really believe Mr Chansiri [the Owls chairman] would want to throw £10-15 million on a few players to really get us up the league and with a chance of going up. However, he has warned us numerous times now that we are on the limits of FFP, which makes the signings of high-profile players who haven't lived up to their reputation, for example, Marco Matias, Almen Abdi, Lucas Joao and to some extent Jordan Rhodes, quite frustrating. We've probably spent around £15 million on fees for these players, and then big wages too; perhaps that money could have been more wisely invested. So our budget? I don't expect big things! However, it will be interesting to see if we bring any players following the sacking of Carlos [Carvalhal]. Perhaps we will have to wait until there is a more permanent solution in place.

In what positions do they need to strengthen? Unfortunately, there's quite a few. When Wednesday played Hull at Wembley, you looked through their side and to a man, they had better players than us. You'd rather have Craig Davies over Tom Lees, you'd prefer Andy Robertson over Daniel Pudil, Ahmed Elmohamady is a far more accomplished player than Jack Hunt, Tom Huddlestone controls the midfield better than Sam Hutchinson, etc. It's hard to argue that we've actually strengthened our side since then, barring the acquisition of Adam Reach - and that game was two years ago. So, what do we need? I think a new left-back, a few new central defenders, a controlling midfielder, someone with pace on the wings. I think we are miles away from going up at the moment. Also, the new manager may want to change the system - perhaps go 3-5-2 - and bring in players to suit. It's a very odd time for predictions as we don't know what the future holds.

Who would be your dream January signing? I don't think we are in the position to make these sorts of deals, however huge a club some of our fanbase think we are, but the Manchester City trio of Nicolás Otamendi, Leroy Sané and Kevin De Bruyne would be nice upgrades on Lees, David Jones and Ross Wallace...

Who would be a realistic January signing? The issue with a 'realistic signing' is the transfer market is hugely inflated and clubs know of our owner's wealth, which doesn't help. John Egan at Brentford is a good defender who would shore up our backline and wouldn't cost the earth. Fulham's Tom Cairney has always impressed me, as has Boro's Daniel Ayala but you'd expect they'd be more pricey. Luke Freeman at QPR is a winger who has been incredibly impressive this season too and he could do a job for us, although whether he is up to the level of what some of our fans expect is a different matter altogether. Erhun Oztumer at Walsall looks to be a very good player and he could add some much-needed flair. January will be a very interesting month for sure, especially with the current managerial situation. Perhaps though if we go for broke and forget about FFP, we may be surprised.

Which players do you the Owls to sign in January? Given the recent rumours, probably [Wolverhampton Wanderers winger] Ben Marshall. There's a running joke that he's been undergoing the most elongated medical of all time, lasting approximately five years [when his previous spell at Hillsborough ended]. Once he passes that, you'd expect him to finally sign...

Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Neil Stewart (Neil remains unconvinced by Twitter)

What do you think Sheffield Wednesday's budget will be? Limited. We are already close to the FFP limit, so any fees would need to be balanced by players leaving.

In what positions do they need to strengthen? The first priority has to be a winger with some pace - a quality we sorely lack. But another centre-half to help the aging Glenn Loovens and the inexperienced Joost van Aken wouldn't hurt either.

Who would be your dream January signing? The return of Ben Marshall would be an obvious and popular solution to the lack of dynamism on the wings, even if he has on occasion been deployed as a full-back at Wolves.

Who would be a realistic January signing? We seem to have sent a lot of scouts to Portugal, and have shopped there previously, so someone cheap who no one has heard of previously wouldn't be a huge surprise.

Which players do you expect the Owls to sign in January? As above, I think we are most likely to persevere with cheaper European players following in the footsteps of Van aken, [Vincent] Sasso, Venancio and [Darryl] Lachman.

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