Sheffield Wednesday: Give Joao time to settle at Owls says Carvalhal

Owls' new signing Lucas Joao
Owls' new signing Lucas Joao

Carlos Carvalhal, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, is excited about the arrival of Portugal Under-21 striker Lucas Joao but urged fans to be patient with him.

The pacy forward came on as a second half substitute in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over St Mirren, having arrived for an undisclosed fee from Portuguese Primeira Liga side Nacional last week.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Carvalhal told The Star: “Lucas [Joao] is a young, talented player. We have brought him in not as a first option to immediately solve the problems of the team. He’s a player for the future.

“We need to be patient with him. He’s a boy. If you support him and give him good energy, he will answer with very good football because he has all attributes to be a top striker.”

After moving to Portugal as a teenager, Angolan-born Joao started his career at Beira Mar Atlético Clube Almada before moving to Nacional in 2011.

Had Joao stayed at Nacional, Carvalhal is convinced he would have been snapped up by one of the bigger clubs in Portugal.

Owls new signing Lucas Joao

Owls new signing Lucas Joao

“Sometimes we must try and do our business before the big teams go into the market,” he stated.

“I’m very happy we anticipated the market and brought him in.

“Lucas can help us during the season. We think he can help our squad and I’m sure the fans will like him a lot. He has a brilliant future ahead of him.”

Carvalhal believes Joao possesses the qualities required to thrive in England.

“He has everything for a striker,” he said. “He is tall, very good at receiving the ball, strong in the air and is good with both feet. His movement is great.

“He will need time but I’m sure he will be a good striker for us.”

Skipper Glenn Loovens sat out the Owls’ final friendly due to an on-going ankle problem but Carvalhal is confident he will be ready for first-team duty when they take on Bristol City next week.

Goalkeeper Lewis Price played no part after having his appendix removed last Friday.

Wednesday are poised to further strengthen their squad before welcoming the Robins to Hillsborough. Two strikers believed to be on their radar are Cardiff City pair Kenwyne Jones and Adam Le Fondre while they have also been linked with Marseille winger Modou Sougou.

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