Sheffield news Exclusive: David Jones' startling admission about Carvahal's Wednesday training MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The former Owls and Burnley midfielder has admitted he felt Wednesday's squad struggled for consistency under the former gaffer and that ultimately cost them promotion
Breaking News ! David Jones believes Sheffield Wednesday's bloated squad impacted their performances which contributed to missing out on promotion in 2017. The Owls finished fourth in Carlos Carvalhal's second season at Hillsborough but were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Huddersfield Town on penalties. The club spent big in the summer and January window to try to bridge the gap to reach the Premier League, as Steven Fletcher, Almen Abdi, Jones, Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes all arrive at S6. Speaking exclusively to Yorkshire Live , Jones explained how the sheer volume of senior players at the club created selection problems for Carvalhal, which often led to the Owls boss not knowing his best XI and constantly changing the team. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "I think from my experience of being involved in promotion to the Championship, we had relatively thin squads," Jones said. "It was a small group at Burnley, the starting XI was picked between 14 players, not like 20 potential experienced players that could play for Sheffield Wednesday. You lose a bit of that consistency because the team was chopped and change. "I was asked to play various roles, as were other players. It makes it difficult. You want consistency from your strike force but they brought in the two strikers late in the season but the conditions need to be right. Any player needs a run of games but if you're chopping and changing every game for injuries or various reasons, it's hard to get consistency in the team. "In my experience, the squad as a whole, there was a lot of people to keep happy and that can be a very difficult team to make sure everyone is giving everything every week. Read More Related Articles How Callum Paterson has changed the dynamic of Sheffield Wednesday's battle against the drop Read More Related Articles Josh Windass' future, Keiren Westwood and your Sheffield Wednesday questions answered "From my experience, the squad was too big. I felt from a performance aspect it was a squad that had too many experienced players that thought they'd play every week. "That's why players signed on a lengthy and very good contract. They thought they'd be the number-one choice and when you have 18 players not happy to sit on the bench, it can be difficult." Jones made 30 appearances in his debut campaign, though 12 of those came from the bench.
. Jones also explained how he struggled to adapt to Carvalhal's low-tempo training session, which led to the Owls midfielder needing extra work to maintain his sharpness.
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"I went to Sheffield Wednesday expecting to play, not from him (Carvalhal) directly, and I never expect to go to a club and just play, but from what I was used to at Burnley, the type of training was another issue I had to adapt to," Jones said. "At Burnley, it was shorter and sharper sessions, it's about getting you in the right conditions. Carlos was a lot more tactical, a slower tempo. If you don't play every game, you have to find other ways to stay fit and you have to be at full-tilt to play in the Championship. "When you're in and out every few weeks, I found I needed to do extra stuff to make sure I was at the right sharpness. Also, just the role on the pitch. At Burnley, I played the role as a two, I shared the responsibilities, I was box-to-box.
"Under Carlos, I was the sole defensive midfielder, Sam (Hutchinson) and I were vying for similar positions, some time we'd play together or if he was in defence and I was in midfield, but I felt he was first-choice there so I was competing with him. "I don't think just holding is my strength. Ultimately I believe it's the player's responsibility to find a way to still perform and get in the team, even when a player might find the training styles aren't best suited for them. "Although I wanted to play more and to my potential, I think it's a player's responsibility to find a way to make that happen even when facing certain obstacles."
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