Sheffield Wednesday cult hero Terry Curran: Forestieri is a natural scorer but no maverick!

Terry Curran in his Sheffield Wednesday days
Terry Curran in his Sheffield Wednesday days
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If Sheffield Wednesday are to achieve success next season, then Fernando Forestieri must come to the fore.

That’s the view of Owls’ cult hero Terry Curran.

GOAL....Fernando Forestieri second goal celebrations.....Pic Steve Ellis

GOAL....Fernando Forestieri second goal celebrations.....Pic Steve Ellis

Curran played over 130 games for the club and was a key part of the Third Division title-winning team of 1980.

His style of play was popular but unpredictable and he sees a few similarities between himself and Forestieri.

However, Curran says the Argentine forward is more of a natural finisher and that the Owls must build their team around him next year if they are to be in contention for a Premier League return.

“Forestieri is the player who the fans most take to,” Curran told the Star.

“When he plays, Wednesday just seem to get better results.

“I wouldn’t call him a maverick in the sense he’ll go past people and you don’t know what he’s going to do next.

“That’s what makes a maverick kind of player.

“But he’s a good player for Wednesday and I hope they keep hold of him.

“He’s a goalscorer - simple as that.”

Still a keen watcher of Wednesday, Curran says manager Jos Luhukay needs to inject some pace into the side this summer.

He also thinks that with the division getting stronger each year, Wednesday need to prioritise quality over quantity when adding to their ranks.

The 63-year-old said: “It was a bad year with the injuries last season.

“I’m a believer in trying to win matches, not going out to not lose.

“I’m hoping that Jos has settled in and we have a good season.

“The league is getting bigger and bigger clubs in it.

“Teams like Villa and Middlesbrough are finding it hard to get out of and add into that the clubs like West Brom and Stoke coming down, it’s going to be tough again.

“Jos is the one who picks the team and he’ll have to make his mind up who he wants and doesn’t.

“I definitely think we need a bit more pace.

“With so many centre-forwards there you need people who can play left or right and give them pace.

“Every centre-forward will tell you that.

“I think they need three more quality players this summer.”

Later this month Curran will again be taking part in the annual Reds v Blues charity match at Hillsborough Arena.

Curran will be managing the Blues and is a big advocate of the event, which will raise funds for charity.

He added: “It’s got more popular as the years have gone by and I like going down and helping raise some funds for local charities.

“Everybody involved pulls their weight.

“It’s a friendly but both teams want to win!”