Sheffield Wednesday: Me and Steven Fletcher can take Championship by storm, says Gary Hooper

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Gary Hooper is confident he can forge a good partnership with Owls new boy Steven Fletcher.

The duo worked well as a pairing in Wednesday’s comfortable friendly victory over CD Nacional on Sunday.

Gary Hooper bagged a brace against CD Nacional. Photo: Steve Ellis

Gary Hooper bagged a brace against CD Nacional. Photo: Steve Ellis

Hooper and Fletcher were introduced as substitutes just after the hour mark as Carlos Carvalhal’s side ran riot.

Hooper bagged a brace and Fletcher opened his account late on to ensure the Owls triumphed 4-0 in the Albufeira sunshine.

It was Fletcher, snapped up on a free transfer following his release from Sunderland earlier this month, who created Hooper’s opener and the former Celtic man turned provider late on, sending Fletcher clean through with a superb crossfield pass.

Hooper told The Star: “Fletcher is a good lad. He has come in and everybody gets on well with him.

“He has got goals in him, which we need to kick on next season.”

Carvalhal, who hopes to shortly add to his squad, has an array of attacking options. As well as Hooper and Fletcher, he has Fernando Forestieri, Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao at his disposal.

“I think Fletch and I can strike up a good partnership but we have got some top strikers at the club in Fernando, Atdhe and Lucas,” said Hooper, who has fully recovered from an ankle injury.

“With that competition, you have to be at the top of your game all the time.

“At the end of the day, it’s up to the gaffer who plays. He picks the team to win games so you have to train well and give him a headache.”