Having recruited Joost van Aken on the 30th August, a promising physical Dutch centre-back, plus the addition of Frederico Vanancio a week or so earlier, the lack of defensive options is no more an issue.
The completion of Jacob Butterfield on loan in return for Sam Winnall certainly raised a few eyebrows on deadline-day. Butterfield is a experienced Championship midfielder who is capable of 'doing a job' if the likes of Bannan, Lee, Abdi or Jones are unavailable. Long-term injuries have had a huge detrimental effect on the starting eleven over the last 18-months at S6, therefore, the addition of Butterfield may become a shrewd loan signing if injuries in central-midfield were to re-occur.
Although many Wednesdayites were disappointed to see Sam Winnall shown the exit door, if only on loan, the opportunity to play first-team football is possibly more secure with Derby County. If Winnall can continue to give 100% and ultimately score goals, his effort and determination will see the 26-year-old hopefully return to the Owls a more established Championship striker.
All in all, the Owls have recruited very well over the summer and have once again strengthened in areas of weakness. If anything, the only down side to Sheffield Wednesdays transfer activity was the length of time it took to sign a defensive duo, who ideally would have arrived a month earlier. In todays market, price tags, availability and agents all play their part in restricting rapid transfer deals.
Summer signing George Boyd arrived at Hillsborough with a winning mentality and a know-how at Championship level. Given time, Boyd may become one of Sheffield Wednesdays more dominant attacking outlets. Some would argue that a lack of pace out wide is still an issue, if this is the case come December, a contingency plan may be deployed by seeking out a pacey winger to recruit in the January window.
Most of the Wednesday faithful would agree that the transfer window has been disruptive in stages throughout the course of the summer. Fernando Forestieri, Jordan Rhodes and even the likes of youngster George Hirst have all been linked with moves away from the club, yet nothing materialised. With the transfer window closed, most of this speculation can be put to bed, at least for the time being.
With strength and depth throughout the squad, including the five key additions in the summer, the Owls must kick on a prove themselves worthy promotion contenders. With transfer business and Sheffield Wednesdays 150th birthday celebrations complete, the Owls have had plenty of time to re-coup during the two-week international break.
The Owls face Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough this Saturday and a convincing home win is much needed. Confidence plays a huge part in a 'winning mentality'. A togetherness and high spirits on and off the field will play a key role in Sheffield Wednesdays fight to the top.
The Owls have secured some fantastic players and management staff over a 24-month period and are all certainly capable of edging even closer to the Premier League this season. A run of form, especially at home can work wonders in a compact Sky Bet Championship and hopefully a winning momentum will start this Saturday and continue throughout the Autumn months.
No excuses, Sheffield Wednesdays season starts now.