Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss unsurprised over defender’s impact

Vincent Sasso, left, and Gary Hooper of Wednesday
Vincent Sasso, left, and Gary Hooper of Wednesday
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Vincent Sasso’s assured displays at the heart of the Owls’ rearguard may have taken some Wednesdayites by surprise - but not his boss.

The Frenchman has performed admirably since the turn of the year following a rocky start to his career at Hillsborough, helping Wednesday record two clean sheets in their last five outings.

Having shrugged off a knee problem, Sasso, on a season long-loan deal from Braga, is determined to carry on impressing and earn a permanent move.

His steady, solid performances have caught the eye of head coach Carlos Carvalhal, who usually prefers to focus on the collective, rather than individuals.

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Carvalhal, who is without centre-backs Michael Turner (knee) and Tom Lees (hamstring), told The Star: “Vincent has done well. He is someone I know well from Portugal.

“He was not completely fit at the beginning. But now Vincent is playing well and understands our defensive process really well.

“It’s not a surprise to me how he’s playing. We knew he was a good a player and he’s doing very well.”

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