One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain.
And that was certainly the case for Vincent Sasso in the Owls’ first league victory at Fulham since 1967.
The Frenchman was drafted in as a late replacement for Sam Hutchinson, who picked up a knock in the warm-up. Sasso has struggled to win over Wednesdayites since arriving on a season-long loan deal from Portuguese outfit Braga.
But the 24-year-old, making his first start in over four months and only his seven Owls appearance, produced a commanding performance alongside captain Glenn Loovens. Sasso barely put a foot wrong and was named in the Football League Team of the Week.
It could prove to be a watershed moment in his career at Hillsborough.
Winger Ross Wallace, who bagged a stunning winner at Craven Cottage, said: “Everybody put in a real shift and were outstanding especially Vincent who has not played as regularly as he would have liked. Vincent came in and was brilliant. He made a couple of key last ditch tackles.”
In recent months, Sasso, who started his career at Nantes, has been troubled by a knee problem.
It is unlikely he would have got a chance to impress had Hutchinson, Tom Lees or Michael Turner been available for selection.
Sasso tweeted: “Football is amazing. So happy to be back after all I’ve been through. Perfect way to start 2016, with a well deserved win!!”