Sheffield Wednesday boss Xisco Munoz has defended his recent selection decisions.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship campaign has gotten off to a poor start. Defeats to Southampton and Hull City have left the Owls without a point yet on the board.

Xisco Munoz is still searching for his best starting XI, and is considering making tactical changes with a view to making his side more defensively solid.

Now, Munoz has spoken out publicly in defence of the decisions he has made so far. The Spanish coach is committed to his managerial style and process, and remains bullish about his ability to find a winning formula for Sheffield Wednesday.

As quoted by The Star, Munoz has said, “ask me about who does play. It’s important we are talking about who is playing, what we need about [Ashley] Fletcher, what we need about Mike [Ihiekwe], what we need about Will [Vaulks], what we need about keeper. This is the question…But if we are thinking that every player who is out is better than who is in, then I make a mistake every time? It is important that we try to improve who is in and that we try to improve the performance, no? This is what we are thinking.”

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Munoz is building something at Sheffield Wednesday

It is an easy trap for fans and pundits alike to fall into, of thinking that whichever player isn’t playing or is for whatever reason unavailable is the solution to any given problem the team is struggling with on the pitch. Munoz is seeking to guard against that mindset, whilst preaching for patience on behalf of his players.

Sheffield Wednesday certainly have plenty of improving to do, if they’re to impress in their first season back in the Championship. Performances have been largely uninspiring so far, and the Hillsborough Stadium faithful deserve some entertainment this season.

However, Munoz will also need time. He hasn’t been in charge of the Yorkshire club for long, and plenty of other new faces have been brought in over the course of the summer. Sheffield Wednesday now have the foundations for a very decent second tier squad, now it is a question of cohesively putting all the pieces together.

A positive result against Preston North End this weekend would certainly help to settle some nerves.

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