Pulis identifies problem with notable Monk signing; is Owls' transfer search about to be revived?
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Pulis identifies problem with notable Monk signing; is Owls' transfer search about to be revived?

The new Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis has suggested he could reposition Callum Paterson.

Paterson was one of only three summer signings for whom Wednesday paid a fee.

And, despite his previous as a right-back or right-midfielder, he arrived from Cardiff City as a centre-forward, according to the previous Owls boss Garry Monk.

That is where the 26-year-old has begun each of his six starts for the club.

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But Pulis, who won’t get his first look at Paterson until the latter’s return from Scotland duty on Thursday, is not convinced that his future lies at the top of the pitch – even though Wednesday are short in that department.

“Jordan (Rhodes) was out there and Josh (Windass) was out there,” Pulis told BBC Radio Sheffield on Monday, after his first training session as manager. “They were the only two forwards that we had to work with.

“Obviously, people think Paterson is a forward but I’m not so sure he is the forward that everybody thought he was going to be, but he’s certainly… playing for Scotland, they’ve just qualified so he’s a good player. So it’s finding out what he’s about, finding out what his best position is.”

Jack Marriott injured? Elias Kachunga a winger?

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As well as Paterson, Rhodes and Windass, Wednesday have used Jack Marriott and Elias Kachunga as strikers this season.

But unlike Marriott, who could not be clearly seen in any of the media put out by the Owls on Monday, Kachunga was present at Middlewood Road earlier.

And Pulis’s comments appear to suggest he sees the DR Congo international as more of a winger than a centre-forward.

Could we therefore see Wednesday’s striker search revived in January? We wouldn’t bet against it!

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