Sheffield Wednesday’s exploits in the Capital One Cup have been well documented, as the Owls have condemned Premier League duo Newcastle and Arsenal to early exits already this campaign.
However, the club have also been performing well in the Championship, sitting just outside the play-off spots.
Summer signing Lucas Joao has impressed since arriving from Nacional in the summer, netting six times in 19 appearances for his new side and doing enough to be called up to the Portuguese national team. Fellow forward Fernando Forestieri is working well in tandem with his new teammate, while Kieren Westwood is proving imperial between the sticks.
It’s been impressive just how the Owls have assembled such an exciting squad in such a short space of time. There have been some disappointing results, the 3-1 loss to Charlton being one of them, but manager Carlos Carvalhal has sculpted an entertaining side since arriving in June.
A team that is growing, and the aforementioned forwards are aided by the likes of Barry Bannan, Jose Semedo and Marco Matias further back.
However, for the Owls to mount a serious push for the play-offs, the club may have to tinker in the January market.
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Despite previously waxing lyrical about the strikers the club can boast, and despite signing Gary Hooper on loan, serious goals have been hard to come by. Joao looks like an excellent player, and Foresteri is doing his utmost to help him, but the pair have netted a combined 11 times this season.
So, no surprise that the Owls have been linked with a man particularly well versed in scoring goals by the dozen at this level. Blackburn star Jordan Rhodes is reportedly interesting the club, with a whopping £12m bid mooted.
Owner Depjohn Chansiri is also understood to be willing to make the Scotland star the highest paid player outside the Premier League should he make the switch.
Rhodes has been lethal while at Ewood Park, and would add certified goals to an already exciting frontline.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the club have been linked with a move for Wrexham dynamo Dominic Vose.
The former Fulham and West Ham trainee has overcome the disappointment at not making it as a player at either London club, and been wreaking havoc for Wrexham after making his way up the leagues.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has notched an impressive nine goals in 20 games for the club, and recently became a YouTube sensation with a stunning solo goal against Gateshead.
Reports suggest the likes of Birmingham, Wolves and Rotherham are also chasing the player, though the Owls could be keen to make a move on a non-league sensation after infamously letting Jamie Vardy leave the club.
They say never judge a player off YouTube of course, but no doubt the thought of a pacey, direct attacking midfielder is a mouth watering alternative to possession play.
Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt was heavily linked with a loan switch to Leeds in recent weeks, though that never came to fruition. The Owls were thought to have been interested in the Black Cats man over the summer, but again, they couldn’t get a deal done.
With Sunderland now under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce, the former Brighton man can’t seem to get a look in. His arrival could add some defensive cover to aid the likes of Sam Hutchinson, who when absent, leaves a hole in the side.
The 26-year-old is well versed at Championship level, and could be exactly the sort of player to round out a squad that should be aiming for a place in the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Owls fans, with any good performance in the Championship, teams from the Premier League are bound to sniff around your star performers.
Versatile defender Tom Lees has been linked with a £7m switch to top tier strugglers Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle. The 24-year-old is one of the most sought after defenders outside the Premier League, and has proved to be an extremely solid option at eight centre-half or right back.
The good news, however, is the fact the former Leeds man only signed a new deal in the summer. Barring a huge offer, it’s difficult to see why he would leave Hillsborough.
Mega rich owner Depjohn Chansiri is under no pressure to sell, despite Premier League interest.