Date: 20th July 2020 at 12:42pm
Written by: Brian Morgan

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.

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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.

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