Let me entertain you! – Alessio Da Cruz promises to 'please the fans' and reaffirms Sheffield Wednesday play-off push
Sheffield Wednesday new boy Alessio Da Cruz has promised to entertain Owls supporters this season, claiming his new club can still reach the Championship play-offs after a frustrating start to the year.
The confident Dutchman produced a handful of silky touches in a 23-minute cameo debut in the 0-0 draw with Millwall, a performance he believes showed a glimpse of what fans can expect from him going forward.
And he joined Owls boss Garry Monk in claiming his introduction, alongside those of fellow loan signings Connor Wickham and Josh Windass, can provide the side fresh impetus as they aim to turn around a run of form that has seen them snatch only one win in their last seven league matches.
Speaking after his debut Da Cruz, 23, told The Star: “I'm a player with pace and I'm technically good.
“I think you can say I like to please the fans. The fans come to the stadium to see nice football, so I always keep that in mind.
“Today was a bit different but normally with the ball I'm technically good, I can dribble, I can pass. I will show you in the future.”
Owned by Serie A side Parma, Da Cruz’s loan spell at second-tier Ascoli was terminated last month in a flurry of controversy.
And the Ajax youth product, who is understood to have been the subject of interest from Wednesday’s Championship rivals Brentford as well as a host of German clubs prior to his Hillsborough unveiling, said it may take him ‘a week or more’ to get used to the more direct style of English football.
“It's a lot different,” he said. “In Italy it's very defensive, very technical, everybody is behind the ball and there's not much space.
“Here it goes up and down so you have a lot of space and in behind the defence. That's the main difference I think.
“I hope we win a lot. We need to aim for the play-offs, that's the main goal and we just need to go for it.
“Everything is possible in football, we will not give up.”