Garry Monk reveals what has impressed him about new Sheffield Wednesday signing Manuel Hidalgo

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk said that the ‘hard work and determination’ of Argentinian youngster Manuel Hidalgo was a big part of the reason the club decided to make his trial period permanent.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 10:34 pm

The 20-year-old, who operates off either wing, has been on trial with the Owls for several weeks and got his move from Italian third-tier side Triestina having impressed in training sessions with the club’s first team.

He became Monk’s first signing late on Wednesday evening.

And Monk said he had been impressed with the player, who will first be given opportunity to impress in the club’s second string side.

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He said: “He came in a couple of months ago working with the under-23s and we have a lot of the under-23s in our sessions.

“He did very well in his trial and the discussion at the club was whether he was free to come into the 23s. It’s about him coming in and progressing how we want him to.

“Of course he’s come in to be with the 23s and then if he can develop with them and get the opportunity.”

On what the winger brings to the wider Wednesday squad, Monk said he was impressed with his ability, but also his drive to succeed.

Young Argentine winger Manuel Hidalgo has signed for Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee from Italian side U.S. Triestina Calcio 1918. Photo courtesy of Sheffield Wednesday.

“He’s very good technically and then the one thing that stands out, as you’d expect with a young lad, is the work rate, the attitude towards what he’d done in that few weeks period,” Monk said.

“The club have felt it’s an opportunity to bring a young lad in, one with quality and ability, and to work with him at that level and progress him like we are with all those young lads.

“If they can make that step up and progress them like we want to then there’ll be an opportunity in the first team, we’ve seen that.”

The youngster was signed on an undisclosed fee from the Italian side having previously signed in 2017 from a season at Portuguese giants Benfica.

Hidalgo, who speaks five languages and is believed to be a primarily left footed player, played 30 times for Triestina.