Sheffield Wednesday suffered their fourth defeat in a month over the weekend, losing 5-3 to Fulham on Saturday afternoon, which resulted in a lot of players coming in for criticism from supporters. Dominic Iorfa and Barry Bannan were slated for their poor performances, but they weren’t the only ones. Alessio Da Cruz also struggled at Craven Cottage and was hooked at half-time as a result.
I agree, and there’s no way Da Cruz is the best player at the club in that position I think he’s awful too
— Christian Evans (@ci_evo92) July 18, 2020
Da Cruz is doing my nut in. His continuous attempts at flicking the football and giving it away is ridiculous. He has been an awful signing
— Oli North (@Owl79Oli) July 18, 2020
Okay so we give him the most important transfer window since the first season under chansiri based on?
Windass – poor signing
Wickham – poor signing
Da cruz – poor signing
He gave pellupessy a new contract
As for a philosophy? We don’t have one.
We just hoof and hope.
— kenners🦉 \/\//\\/\//\\/\/ 🦉 (@robbiebebbie) July 18, 2020
Da Cruz = Matias mkII #swfc
— Steve Turner (@Majortarantino) July 18, 2020
Saw someone say he’s like a moth round a lightbulb, a good description !
— Andy (@fled1964) July 18, 2020
My opinion so don’t go ape on me players who just can’t cut it at this level:
Players who can develop :
Alex hunt #swfc
— Jacko (@JackWLA) July 18, 2020
And people rate Da Cruz, shocking player! Pellupessy offers nothing, Harris clueless with his final decision making, need to speed this clear out up! #swfc
— John B (@JpBrady76) July 18, 2020
If Da Cruz had an end product he might actually be a decent player #swfc
— Matt Harris (@MattHarris6) July 18, 2020
Windass, Da Cruz, Pelupessy, Odubajo nowhere near good enough at this level #swfc
— martyn ware (@martynware) July 18, 2020
Da Cruz is way out of his depth #swfc
— AstonOwl (@OwlAston) July 18, 2020
Against Fulham, the 23-year-old played for 45 minutes, had 21 touches, completed 91.7% of his 12 passes, had two shots without hitting the target, whipped in one cross, made one tackle and had one dribble. Da Cruz joined Wednesday on loan from Parma in January and has gone on to make 15 appearances in all competitions, notching two assists.
The £1.71m-rated wide-man has been operating as a makeshift forward since football returned in England, but he’s still yet to find the back of the net. Da Cruz has only managed two shots on target in 688 minutes of Championship football, so Garry Monk isn’t getting the best out of the Dutchman.
Wednesday have the option to turn Da Cruz’s loan move permanent this summer, but it remains to be seen if they will.