Alessio Da Cruz has an uncertain future at Sheffield Wednesday. The 23-year-old’s loan move will be up in the coming months and he may not be retained for another season due to his mediocre stint at Hillsborough.
Da Cruz has made a handful of appearances without scoring or registering an assist, but supporters from Sheffield Wednesday Fans Forum are still torn whether the Owls should trigger his buying option.
Will Buxton: “I was expecting more from him. Jury’s out, in my opinion.”
Russell Sands: “If he can be effective in Serie B then he must have some ability. Has he actually had (much of) an opportunity?”
Ben Shepherd: “He’s been playing in a side which is in awful, awful form.”
Tommy Christopher: “If he’s cheap, why not take a chance? Few better players in better form around him could see him take off.”
Max Lloyd Booth: “It’s a no from me.”
Matthew Brown: “Nope. Need to stop hoping 3rd rate players will become good. Won’t happen – not under this current management regime.”
Robert Andrew Straw: “He’s done nothing. Send him back.”
Matt Garnett: “Players need time, as do managers. Give Monk and newer players chance to settle and play together.”
Mark ‘Ellie’ Elliott: “Nowhere near had enough time, but from (what I’ve) seen so far he’s (poor).
John Swift: “Give him game time if we start again. Nothing to lose.”
Richard Bullock: “(I) like him.. (he’s) got some (guts)..
Derek Prigmore: “In the short time he’s been here, of course (he’s) not (worth keeping). Very disappointing and has shown absolutely nothing.”
Jack Hulley: “I think he has potential personally. Like how direct he is. Can’t really judge him yet ‘cause he’s been playing in an awful side.”
Gary Marsden: “If (only) he had decent service and decent players around him playing well.”
Jack Darlow: “You can tell he’s got a trick up his sleeve but doesn’t seem to know what to do when it comes to actually releasing the ball.”
Robert Bonser: “As long as it’s not silly money, I would give him a try. (He) needs development but has got potential and some spirit….”
Thomas Smith: “Yes. He’s still young and we’re planning to get rid of some deadweight, so he’d be a good replacement for some of those we’re trying to sell.”
Ian Chambers: “Wasn’t fit enough when (he) arrived, (but) hopefully the break has done him some good.”
Da Cruz joined Wednesday on loan from Parma in January and has gone on to make seven appearances in all competitions. The Netherlands U20 international has failed to score or make an assist, however, and only started one of Wednesday’s last four league games, so he’s not had the desired impact.
Da Cruz’s form prior to joining the Owls is worth noting, however. The wide-man joined Ascoli on loan last summer, scoring five goals and making six assists in 15 Serie B appearances between August 2019 and mid-January 2020. With Jacob Murphy only on loan while Fernando Forestieri and Adam Reach have uncertain futures, Wednesday may be in need of wingers.
Some fans don’t want to see Da Cruz signed permanently, but plenty are open to it.