Sheffield Wednesday: Forestieri hails strike duo

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri

His strengths far outweigh his weaknesses.

And Fernando Forestieri enjoys dropping deep and acting as the link between Wednesday’s midfield and attack, looking to get on the ball and make things happen.

In possession, the little striker can be dynamic and is capable of conjuring a chance for himself, or a teammate, out of nothing. His impressive work ethic has also stood out.

But the former Watford player has hailed fellow forwards Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao’s contributions since his arrival. He recognises the importance of the duo winning the aerial duels and holding the ball up.

“When the ball goes long, it’s hard for me,” he said. “I like to play one or two touch football.

“If I play with Atdhe [Nuhiu] or Lucas [Joao], we try to play that way but they are stronger than me.”

Forestieri, who has bagged two goals in six appearances, was taken off at half-time against QPR, with boss Carlos Carvalhal claiming the £3m recruit looked “tired” and was not “100%”. Joao made a positive impact after coming on as a subtitute, leaving Carvalhal with a selection headache ahead of their trip to Rotherham United.

“It (competition) is good because we know in every single training session that we need to show the coach who is ready to play every Saturday,” said Forestieri. “I know next to me Lucas and Atdhe are big talents. I know I can’t relax and that I’ve got to keep working hard to keep my place.”

Forestieri, who has not set himself a goal target, played alongside Joao for the first time versus Hull City.

“He [Joao] is a big talent but we need to help him because he is young,” he said. “Lucas and I need to improve each other.”

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