Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal happy over free-scoring Owls

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After rounding off their September programme with three consecutive wins, Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is, perhaps understandably, optimistic the team are on the up.

What will be giving the charismatic head coach plenty of reasons to be cheerful is that goals are coming from all departments.

Nobody on Owls’ books polarises opinion more than Atdhe Nuhiu, but the giant centre forward has found the back of the net in three out of his last seven outings to silence some of his critics.

But it is not just Nuhiu weighing in with goals.

Wednesday had six different scorers in the victories over Fulham, Newcastle United and Brentford. Carvalhal is acutely aware that the Owls can ill-afford to rely solely on one area of their side for goals if they are to be competitive in the Championship.

As things stand, the goals are being shared around, with Wednesday firing blanks just once in 12 matches, and Fernando Forestieri could further boost their strikeforce if he shakes off a hamstring problem in time for Saturday’s home meeting with third-from-bottom Preston North End.

He told The Star: “I’m happy the strikers are scoring. It is great that we scored six goals in one week and different players scored. It means that we don’t have a dynamic where we are relying on the strikers.

“All of the team can score and that is important.

“It’s not just about strikers scoring. Football is a collective game.

“If you look at the best teams in the world and teams who win championships, the first defenders are attackers. Look at Chelsea for example. The best defender that Chelsea have is Diego Costa.”

Tom Lees, Wednesday’s only ever present, has already got on the score-sheet twice this campaign, having failed to register last term. Fellow centre-back Michael Turner, on a season long-loan deal from Norwich City, also netted in the five-goal thriller with Fulham.

“It’s good they are scoring; I like it,” said Carvalhal. “I was a centre-back and so was one of my assistants.

“We have got good players who can put the ball into good areas in Ross Wallace, Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee, Alex Lopez and Lewis McGugan.”

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