Sheffield Wednesday attacker Fernando Forestieri continued his comeback from a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury in the recent victory over Ipswich Town last Saturday.
The 29-year-old started the game which saw new manager Steve Bruce in the dugout for the first time and although he was substituted late on, Bruce spoke post-game about how he was looking forward to working with the player, describing him as being one of the best in the Championship.
Speaking to the Star, the gaffer explained.
“I don’t believe that Forestieri is a left hand sided player. He is off the front and a bit of a free spirit. I know he is going to be hard work but I like him. He has got a bit of devil in him. He’s a good footballer and if we can get him smiling again and keep him fit then, for me, he’s as good a player as there is in the Championship.”
“He has had a lot of problems with injuries. He had an ACL and a horrible couple of hamstring injuries. It was good to see him back at Ipswich. I thought he showed glimpses of what a good player he is. He missed a few chances but on another day could have scored. He will only get better.”
With only three goals in 15 appearances and the block of games he’s missed, it hasn’t been a great year for Forestieri but if Bruce can get him firing and learn how to make him tick, we all know how important a player he can be for us in the remaining months of the campaign.
Whatever the future then holds in terms of speculation linking him with a move away from the club and our known financial issues is open for debate, but if he’s in form and firing then one way or another we’ll see the benefit of that.