Sheffield Wednesday failed to score against Millwall on Saturday afternoon, drawing the game 0-0, but a number of their attacking players still came away with credit for their performances. Fernando Forestieri was one of them, after coming off the bench to nearly swing the game in Wednesday’s favour.
The 30-year-old made his long-awaited return from injury in the second-half, replacing Kadeem Harris before the hour mark. He was positive in possession, linked up well with new-boy Alessio da Cruz, created a number of opportunities, drew multiple fouls and could have scored from one his three shots.
Forestieri continues to show in just 20 mins he gets, that’s he’s still best player at the club by a mile. #SWFC
— Andrew Fox (@Afoxich) February 1, 2020
Creates a tempo when he’s on the pitch. Makes things happen at a far faster pace than so many others.
He has an urgency about his play
— DK (@DanKris1985) February 1, 2020
On his day he is one of the best in the league if I was manager i would put my around him and make sure he in the best frame of mind mentally and physically to get the best out him because he is a game changer. Get him in the team week in week out for me #swfc
— Owls_WAWAW (@Richardmongo200) February 1, 2020
He’s best in the league. Needs to start and get minutes
— brown town (@Mrbrownsfunhou1) February 2, 2020
Thought Da Cruz looked decent when he came on, hungry for the ball, looks like something we've lacked. Forestieri looked sharper than I'd have expected given how long he's been out. Good to see him back. #swfc
— Tom Taylor-Batty (@TomTB1995) February 1, 2020
Against Millwall, Forestieri played for 35 minutes, made 31 touches, created two chances, had three shots, made one clearance, completed 66.7% of his 12 passes, made one tackle, whipped in one cross, made one successful dribble, drew four fouls and made one interception.
The Italian has made only 11 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating two goals. He’s spent the majority of the campaign sidelined due to suspension and a knee injury. Nevertheless, Forestieri showed on Saturday that he could be an important player for Garry Monk.
He could be handed a start in Wednesday’s next game against Barnsley.