Sheffield Wednesday: Owls are ‘lucky’ to have Fernando Forestieri, says Sam Hutchinson

Marco Matias, left, and Fernando Forestieri

Marco Matias, left, and Fernando Forestieri

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Sam Hutchinson believes the Owls are “lucky” to have Fernando Forestieri on their books, describing him as one of the best attackers outside of the Premier League.

Forestieri, who topped Wednesday’s goal-scoring charts with 15 last campaign, has been in fine form in pre-season, netting two goals in their friendly wins over Chesterfield and Benfica.

The Argentine-born forward is set to be a key figure for Carlos Carvalhal’s side this year as they bid to compete in the upper reaches of the Championship.

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Hutchinson told The Star: “Nando is the one player in the whole of the league who can decide a game for you and we are lucky to have him.

“He is so unpredictable and can change a game out of nothing.

“When you are digging in or it is 0-0, Nando can pull something out of the bag and change a game.

“He’s an important player for us and is right up there with all the top forwards in the league. I think we saw that last year with all the accolades he got.”

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Forestieri has stood out in the Owls’ last two outings but Hutchinson has quickly dismissed suggestions that they are a one-man team.

“To be fair, one of our best results last season was against Arsenal in the cup and Nando didn’t play in that game,” he said. “We are not a one man band.

“We have got great players all around the team and Nando is one of them.

“But Nando’s job is to do something special. He’s sort of a luxury player, which is good for us. Everybody has an allocated job and Nando’s is to change a game.”

Meanwhile, newly-relegated Aston Villa have received an additional 2,501 tickets for their trip to Hillsborough on the opening weekend of the new Championship campaign.

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