Sheffield Wednesday: Why dropping Forestieri has worked for Owls boss Luhukay

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri

Star man Fernando Forestieri has delivered the perfect response to being axed from the Sheffield Wednesday starting line-up, says manager Jos Luhukay.

Forestieri, a talismanic figure for the Owls since arriving for Watford three seasons ago, was dropped after last Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Brentford as Luhukay looked to arrest a poor start  to the Championship campaign that had yielded one point from three  games.

The boss wanted the attacker to improve his team mentality and the Argentine has responded with excellent displays off the bench in wins over Millwall and Ipswich Town in the last week.

"He is one of our best players but he must also know that he needs the team and the team need him," Luhukay said. "First, he must give something to the team, then the team always give him something back. 

"Every player in my team, they must do it with each other and not against each other. When they do that, I think we have a very strong team. We must always help each other. Only then can we be successful. 

Luhukay, whose team are at home to Premier League Wolves in the Carabao Cup tomorrow night, believes Forestieri has got the message.

"The team must have the same feeling. We must do it together," he said. 

"I was happy in the last 20 minutes (v Millwall and Ipswich) that he (Forestieri) gives the signal that he understands what we mean."

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