Tony Pulis has spoken of an imbalance in the current Wednesday squad as he draws up his plans for the January transfer window.
He has made no secret of the need for better quality players, for more leaders and more characters as he faces an uphill struggle to keep us in the Championship.
Speaking after Saturday’s defeat to Barnsley, the manager said: “Out of all the clubs I’ve managed, this is most probably as disjointed a group as I’ve managed. There are six centre-halves, I don’t think we’ve got a left-back, we have five 10s and really not a centre-forward.
“The balance of the team is so, so important and an identity within that balance is so important.”
Chey Dunkley could be one of the leaders Pulis is looking for on the pitch and the defender impressed Pulis with his attitude and then performance against Barnsley, a first outing for the summer signing who had been out of action since February with a double leg break.
Pulis said: “He didn’t even play in the practice game on Wednesday and when we found out Borner couldn’t play against Barnsley because of his injury, Chey put himself up straight away. We’ll need those sort of characters from now until the end of the season.”
Responding to questions about Izzy Brown not getting much game time, Pulis said: : He’s been injured and he’s not as fit as he should be.
“I can only go off people who have been here before and what they say. I haven’t had the opportunity to see enough to assess people. He’s one of two or three that I need to see.”