Garry Monk insists that Jordan Rhodes’ revival has not altered his plans for the January transfer window.
Rhodes has started the Owls’ last two Championship matches and scored a hat-trick in the latter against Nottingham Forest.
The Scottish striker had gone 20 months without having begun a league game for Wednesday and looked nailed-on to be put up for sale next month.
The reporter Alan Nixon even claimed earlier this week that Rhodes was ‘going to be gone to help balance the books’ at Hillsborough.
Striker was one. But not sure where the return of Rhodes leaves all that. He was going to be gone to help balance the books. https://t.co/04kKHLxdDe
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) December 16, 2019
But when pressed on the matter on Friday lunchtime, Monk told the official Sheffield Wednesday Youtube channel: “I’ve said it before, I’ve been delighted for Jordan – especially this week.
“He’s worked very hard, as I said after the game, behind the scenes. He’s had a really positive week. It’s a player that, now, if we can get him to contribute and keep contributing to the level that he’s been showing this week, it’s a great asset to have, isn’t it?
“It doesn’t alter anything that goes into January. We should be sitting this week, or the start of next week, with everyone involved in that process for January.
“But if I’m honest at this moment, all I want to think about and concentrate on is the games that are coming, because they’re going to come thick and fast and it’s (about) preparing the squad as best as possible for each and every one of them.”
Monk went on to state that ‘outline chats’ have already been held between himself and the Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri regarding which areas he would like to strengthen in his first transfer window as Owls boss.
Wednesday have been linked to a string of attacking players in the lead up to January, with Bez Lubala, Lyle Taylor, Rhian Brewster and Jonson Clarke-Harris among them.