Sheffield Wednesday: Strike ace told to keep on improving

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Portugal international Lucas Joao must improve his movement to become a more complete striker.

That is the view of Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal as they prepare to take on local rivals Huddersfield Town.

Joao will train again with his Owls teammates today, having twice represented his country in the last week.

However, Carvalhal is urging the 22-year-old to stay grounded following his international exploits.

He said: “Lucas is a player with ability, all the skills which a striker must have. He’s fast, good with the head, pace, connects the game well with midfielders, and shoots with his left and right foot.

“Lucas is improving, which is why the national coach called him into the team. It’s fantastic for him. It’s good to the boy, because he is improving, it’s also good to Sheffield Wednesday. The name of Sheffield Wednesday goes around the world, not just Lucas, but with other players like Joe (Wildsmith, (Keiren) Westwood and Daniel (Pudil).

“It is not common for a player in the second division, in this case in England, who can go to play in the first XI of the Portugal national team.

“But he has a long way to go to become a top striker. We must remember two years ago he was playing in the Portugal third division. It’s been a big jump in a short space of time.

“Lucas has learned a lot. We play here different, and he has improved defensively. When we lose the ball, he has a very good mental action to recover the ball.

“He needs better movement inside the area, think like an attacker, not a defender. He must try to do different things, disrupt defence with his movement. It is something we will try to improve with him.

“I believe Lucas learns very fast and he he will learn.”

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