Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal fronts up - Fernando Forestieri isn’t happy to be Owls’ wing man

Owls Fernando Forrestieri.....Pic Steve Ellis
Owls Fernando Forrestieri.....Pic Steve Ellis
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Fernando Forestieri has expressed his desire to Wednesday chief Carlos Carvalhal to play only in a central role this season.

Despite training and playing as a winger for the majority of pre-season, the 27-year-old was surprisingly deployed in the number 10 position in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to Preston North End.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines.....Pic Steve Ellis

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines.....Pic Steve Ellis

Forestieri, last season’s 12-goal top scorer, played up front alongside Jordan Rhodes as the Owls slipped to their first opening-day loss since 2013.

Carvalhal said: “I asked Fernando for his reasons why he had a bad pre-season.

“The answer he gave was he can’t play on the left side because he must track back to defend and doesn’t feel energy to attack.

“Fernando said he feels totally comfortable in attack and completely out of position on the left side.”

Forestieri received some rough treatment from Preston’s defence, who managed to keep him and Rhodes at bay as the Owls made a poor start to the new season at Deepdale.

Carvalhal said: “We must play and do better with the players that we have.

“I’m absolutely sure we can do much better than what we produced against Preston because that was really bad.

“We must move the ball quicker and control the game better. We didn’t control anything.”

It is believed that Wednesday remain in contract talks with free agent Swiss Johan Djourou.

The central defender passed a medical on Friday but talks later broke down between the two parties.

Djourou, who spent a decade at Arsenal, missed a big proportion of last season through injury, culminating in German club Hamburg releasing him.

Carvalhal was unable to shed any light on the transfer over the weekend, saying: “Nobody has given me information that someone has signed for us.

“I just talk about the players that belong to Sheffield Wednesday.”