Speaking to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has delivered his verdict on the club’s potential plans for the upcoming January transfer window.
The Owls are chasing promotion to the Premier League this season, and currently find themselves in the play-off positions. Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Jordan Rhodes could be one man who could be on his way out of Hillsborough, but Monk was quick to insist that any departure in the winter window will only be if it benefits the club as a whole.
He said: “I am happy to work with this squad. We need everyone. Someone will only leave this club if it benefits us. It is a bit unbalanced in certain areas but I am enjoying working with them. I think they are enjoying coming to work and when you are successful you want to be part of it.
“I have had no conversations with any players about anything of that type (going in January) and I can’t see that happening unless it is something that we feel will benefit us. Our focus is on the games and not really about January in terms of any outgoings.”
Make no mistake about it, Monk’s steadfast stance on not allowing players to leave unless they truly benefit the club is of major encouragement to Wednesday fans. The Owls are intent on making the leap to the top-flight, and letting people leave because it’s only right for the player, or it’s only right due to the finances, could cost them dearly in their main objective for the campaign.
The riches and rewards on offer with promotion to the Premier League vastly outweighs any money they could realistically get for some of their players, and so it makes no sense for them to open the exit door. Focusing more on reinforcements rather than worrying about anyone leaving can help ensure their mind stays on track for the task at hand.