Are these the stats that suggest Sheffield Wednesday should offer a new contract to Fernando Forestieri?

It’s been something of a stint of two halves, that of Fernando Forestieri at Sheffield Wednesday. And it’s one that may be coming to an end.

By Alex Miller
Sunday, 5th April 2020, 4:54 pm

Brought in at the outset of Carlos Carvalhal’s reign as Owls boss a few games into the 2015/16 season, the Argentina-born trickster was the poster boy of a mini-era that saw the club achieve back-to-back promotion campaigns.

Knee surgery came, however, and seemed to dull Forestieri’s lights a touch. The 30-year-old has spent more time off the pitch than on it for Wednesday since undergoing knee surgery in September 2017 and this season has missed long spells through first suspension and then injury.

He is understood to be one of the club’s highest earners and many would expect him to be on his way when his contract runs down. Out of eight players whose contract is dwindling only Morgan Fox and Steven Fletcher have been named as the club’s priorities.

In an attacking sense though, it appears he is still very much a threat despite his modest tally of two goals and two assists in 17 Championship appearances.

His xG of 0.44 is particularly eye-catching and outstrips that of even top scorer Steven Fletcher, who sits on a figure of 0.4, while his record of 0.26 goals every 90 minutes – one in four – puts him among the club’s most prolific options.

He fires the trigger more than most with an average of 3.33 shots per 90, but hits the target with only 26.3 per cent of those efforts.

The last time Garry Monk spoke on Forestieri’s contract situation, after Wednesday’s win against Charlton in February, he said: “It’s the same with everyone. They need to perform. They need to fight hard and show that attitude and show what they can do, everything we know they can do, but do it consistently.

Fernando Forestieri could be on his way out of Hillsborough.

“Fernando is getting his run of games and I think he’s done very well since he came back.

“He’s had a stop-start season, he was suspended at the start then there was that injury that he came through, he’s not had a fluid season.

“But he’s come back from that injury with a really good attitude.”