Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis claims his side missed Kadeem Harris at Preston North End while hinting he will look for a wide player in January, Yorkshire Post report.
Pulis took over the reigns at Hillsborough following the dismissal of Garry Monk.
The Welshman’s first game in charge ended in disappointment as the Owls lost 1-0 at Preston North End, with Josh Windass red-carded after just 17 minutes.
Wednesday battled on in search of an equalizer following Tom Barkhuizen’s opener early in second half, but a lack of quality in the final third let them down.
Speaking to reporters, Pulis believes the suspended Harris was a big miss before adding how the situation regarding their wingers needs addressing in January.
We missed (suspended winger Kadeem) Harris today and he’ll give us pace and hopefully a little bit of quality down the sides of the pitch. That’s one of the areas we certainly need to address, I think everybody I engage with has mentioned that area. It’s no surprise. I think the supporters will understand that if you just look at the facts we haven’t been scoring enough goals, we haven’t got the balance right up there.
Harris joined the Owls in 2019 on a free transfer after leaving Cardiff City.
The 27-year-old provides pace and directness out wide. Under former boss Garry Monk, however, he was often restricted to playing in a deeper, wingback role.
Pulis ditched the back-three system at Deepdale, but the lack of wide options was evident.
Moses Odubajo started on the right, ahead of Liam Palmer. Both players are predominantly right-backs, while Adam reach on the opposite side was also held back by Monk.
It will take time for Pulis to instil more attacking belief in the side, and January will provide the club with options to make necessary additions to add a greater creative threat.
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