Lucas Joao on ‘special’ Sheffield Wednesday clash as the in-form Reading man returns to Hillsborough
Lucas Joao has plenty of good memories at Hillsborough having scored plenty of goals there during his spell at Sheffield Wednesday, but this time around he’ll wearing different colours.
The Portuguese forward has been a man on fire so far this season, scoring nine goals in the Championship and picking up four assists in just 13 games, playing a large part in making sure that the Royals are among the league’s highest-scoring clubs.
Having scored 17 of his 29 Wednesday goals at home during his time at S6, the 27-year-old knows all about finding the back of the net at Hillsborough, and he has admitted that it will be nice for him to return to his old stomping ground tomorrow night.
There won’t be any fans there to give him any sort of reception, but there are some familiar faces that remain from his four seasons with SWFC prior to a transfer thought to be worth in the region of £5m.
Speaking to the club’s official website before travelling back to Sheffield, Joao said, “It will be my first time back at Hillsborough since I came to Reading… It will be special to be back there, to go back to this stadium where I was happy.
“It will be good to be back there and see some old teammates – some friends that I left there, some good people. It will be great to see them… But it’s another game to go and try to get the three points for Reading!
“It is difficult to go to Hillsborough because they have good players through their squad… but we have some confidence – we want to keep it and go as far as we can.”
The former CD Nacional man got 29 goals and 13 assists in 129 appearances for Wednesday after making the move to England under Carlos Carvalhal, and he’ll no doubt be looking to add to his tally of Hillsborough goals this week – even if he won’t be wearing blue and white stripes this time around.
Wednesday face Reading at 7.45pm tomorrow evening as they look to climb up from 23rd place on the table.