Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal backed to lift Owls

Modou Sougou
Modou Sougou

Senegalese international Modou Sougou has revealed a chat with Carlos Carvalhal persuaded him to move to Hillsborough - and is backing the Owls boss to transform their fortunes.

It was just over a fortnight ago the skilful forward penned a two-year contract with the Championship club, admitting it is a “dream come true” to play in English football.

Now Sougou is pressing hard for his first Championship start after scoring two goals in as many appearances, including a dramatic last minute strike after coming off the substitutes bench against Reading in midweek.

He told The Star: “I have known Carlos (Carvalhal] for a long time because I played in Portugal for many years.

“He was not my head coach but we know each other personally. When I found out Sheffield Wednesday wanted me, I spoke to him and that made it an easy decision to come here because I know him and his staff.

“Carlos is an experienced manager. He has history in football and knows what he wants. He is very good for the team and the players. With him, I think we will have a good future.”

Sougou went on to say he turned down the chance to move to England much sooner in his career.

“When I was in Romania (at CFR Cluj), I had some offers but I wanted to go to Marseille because they are a big team and play in the Champions League,” he insisted. “There were teams who wanted me in England but I chose to go to Marseille.”

Asked for his thoughts on the standard of the Championship, he replied: “I am not surprised with the quality. In France, they say the Championship is kick and rush football but that’s not what I see in England.

“I like the spirit of the game here, all the players want to win and want to fight, it’s what I expected.”

Wednesday, who remain interested in signing Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones, have picked up four points from their opening three league matches but Sougou is refusing to get carried away.

“It is too early to speak about promotion,”he said. “We must focus on each game.”

It is unlikely Owls number one Keiren Westwood will be available for first-team duty when they take on Leeds United tomorrow, meaning Lewis Price will continue to deputise between the sticks.

Captain Glenn Loovens (ankle) and big centre forward Atdhe Nuhiu (neck) are big doubts.