Sheffield Wednesday star Kadeem Harris backs 'class player' Fernando Forestieri to make impact in coming weeks
Sheffield Wednesday flyer Kadeem Harris believes controversial forward Fernando Forestieri can make a ‘big impact’ in the Owls’ effort to re-enter the Championship play-off places in the coming weeks.
The Argentina-born trickster, who’s contract is up at the end of the season, made his first start under Garry Monk in the impressive 3-1 win at Charlton on Saturday but asked to be substituted at half-time with a jarred knee.
Wednesday have taken the second-most shots in the division this season with 264 but sit third bottom when it comes to goal conversion, finishing only 13% of their chances.
And asked about their relative failure to convert chances, Harris was optimistic that the tide would turn, backing Forestieri to contribute when he is called upon.
All three goals on Saturday were scored by strikers, with top-scorer Steven Fletcher claiming two and Atdhe Nuhiu the third.
Harris said: “Every single one of the strikers here are top quality in this league.
“When there's a period of time when things are necessarily going your way, it's only a matter of time before that changes. We need that bit of luck in front of goal, we could probably do a bit more to create chances and score at times.
“Nando is a class player, a class forward and I'm sure his introduction will play a big part in that.”
Forestieri, who’s Wednesday career has stuttered since undergoing knee surgery in 2017, has recently been accused of not working hard enough behind the scenes by vice-captain Barry Bannan.
Monk has assured Forestieri he will get opportunities going forward and suggested he did not believe his knee injury would keep him out for long.
Harris said: “It's a very long season and it's inevitable that players who maybe haven't played so much will get more minutes as the season goes on and especially coming up to Christmas I think you'll see more players coming in and out and having a chance to prove what they can do.
“He'll get his opportunity and when that arrives it's up to him to take it.”