Sheffield Wednesday: My best is yet to come, warns Owls star

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri

By Fernando Forestieri’s own admission, his goals have masked some patchy performances.

The former Italian Under-21 international found the back of the net for the fifth time in 10 Owls starts in Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic.

However, Forestieri, for the second weekend in a row, struggled to make an impact in his favoured number 10 position.

Carlos Carvalhal, the Wednesday chief, said: “That is not normally the level he [Forestieri] plays at. He scored the goal and that’s important to us but it’s a collective game and we lost.”

It was only after Carvalhal moved Forestieri to the left wing, just as he did against Nottingham Forest, that the talismanic forward started to see more of the ball and trouble Charlton’s backline with his nimble footwork.

Opponents are getting tight to Forestieri, knowing they must stifle his creative qualities to to stand any chance of picking up a positive result against the Owls. Nonetheless, Forestieri insists there is more to come from him.

“It is good for me personally that I have got five goals but I need to improve my play,” he told The Star. “I need to improve with the team.

“We need to learn from the Charlton loss, improve a lot of things and make sure we focus 100 per cent on every single game.

“If we play together, we can do something very important. If we play as individuals, we can’t do anything.”

Born-and-bred in Argentina, Forestieri lacked match fitness and sharpness after completing his £3m move to Hillsborough at the end of August. He was taken off at half-time versus Queens Park Rangers, with Carvalhal citing fatigue as the main reason for his withdrawal. In truth, Forestieri looked off the pace and failed to link effectively with his strike partner Atdhe Nuhiu.

But the 25-year-old responded in the best possible fashion to being hooked off early by delivering a man of the match performance in their victory away at South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United.

Given his impressive goal-scoring run, there is probably a little part of Forestieri that feels the international break may have come at the wrong time for him.

“I want to keep scoring goals but when we win no points I am not happy,” he stressed. “I was sad after Charlton because the team got zero points.”

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