Sheffield Wednesday: Forestieri ‘will offer Owls something new’

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Carlos Carvalhal has stuck with the same system since arriving at Sheffield Wednesday – but it could be set for a slight tweak.

The Owls head coach offered a hint that there could be a slight shift of focus in his 4-2-3-1 formation when his side returns to action following the international break.

Carvalhal says the arrival of Fernando Forestieri has now presented him with a player to link midfield and attack – something he says is key to the way he wants to play.

“Fernando will give us what we have missed from the beginning,” the Portuguese told the Star.

“We tried to find a player for the second line of midfield because we did not have anyone to play there. Sometimes our attacker plays alone and we miss that player.

“Forestieri will be very important for us. He plays behind the striker, between midfield and attack.

“He will give us a lot of quality and an option that is completely different because before we have absolutely no one to play in that position.

“He can give more quality in attack because we have a connection between midfield and attack.”

Had things turned out differently, Carvalhal believes he would have had a player in the Forestieri mould for some time.

However, he revealed the individual he earmarked for the role no longer wished to play in that position.

“I can’t talk with names but one player that we bring, we expected he can play in the second line because he played there before,” Carvalhal told Radio Sheffield.

“But in the process we realise the player does not like to play there so we are a little disappointed in the situation.

“The player does not disappoint me because he is a fantastic player but I’m disappointed about the role.

“He has done this before but probably with time he had lost this ability, he thinks differently or plays differently with time.

“He didn’t play very well there. After this, we missed the player to link the midfield and attack.”

While Forestieri’s arrival may change the approach at the attacking end of the pitch, the signing of Michael Turner will not change the Owls’ defence set-up according to Carvalhal.

There was a suggestion, given the head coach now has five centre halves on his books, that he would perhaps opt for a three-man defence.

But the Portuguese says it is not in his plans and Turner will compete for one of two centre half spots.

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