Date: 18th February 2020 at 5:00pm
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Sheffield Wednesday signed Manuel Hidalgo on an 18-month deal from U.S. Triestina Calcio 1918 in January and are developing him in their u23s.

The 20-year-old made 30 appearances for his former club, none of which came this season, so he’s nowhere near ready for first-team football at Wednesday.

Garry Monk already has Jacob Murphy, Kadeem Harris, Fernando Forestieri, Alessio Da Cruz and Adam Reach at his disposal too, so Hidalgo wouldn’t get much playing time.

The Wednesday manager said in January that Hidalgo would be getting fit in the reserves rather than getting minutes in the first-team, so fans shouldn’t expect the wide-man to feature any time soon.

Hidalgo has made two appearances for the reserves, featuring in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Leeds United (February 3) and X with Barnsley (February 18).

He passed a trial to earn a professional deal at Wednesday but every game for the u23s will be a test for Hidalgo. The 20-year-old needs regular football and to impress Neil Thompson when called upon to ensure a long stay in Sheffield.

Wednesday’s reserves currently sit ninth in the Professional Development League (North) with 18 points from 19 games, picking up only four wins all season.

Where will Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship?

1st - 6th

1st - 6th

7th - 14th

7th - 14th

15th - 21th

15th - 21th

22th - 24th

22th - 24th

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