They couldn’t, could they?
Sheffield Wednesday’s hopes of reaching the play-offs seemed to have all-but fallen away during the reign of former boss Jos Luhukay who experienced a torrid time at Hillsborough before finally being sacked in January.
Yet after the arrival of Steve Bruce as manager last month, the Owls’ fortunes have turned around completely with the club now just two points behind Aston Villa who currently occupy the final play-off position in the Championship.
Although their run-in includes tough fixtures against the likes of Leeds United, Norwich City and Preston North End, it is by no means implausible that they could sneak into the play-offs if they continue to extend their current unbeaten run of ten games.
However, regardless on whether they achieve an unlikely promotion this year or face another season in the Championship, Wednesday must commit to making a decision on one of their most enigmatic players.
Since joining the Owls for a reported fee of £3m (according to the BBC), Fernando Forestieri has shown his fair share of individual brilliance. During his first campaign with the club, he fired in fifteen goals as Wednesday narrowly missed out on play-off glory after losing 1-0 to Hull City.
Over the following two campaigns, Forestieri continued his fine scoring form yet the Owls suffered promotion heartbreak once again before finishing in an underwhelming 15th position last season.
Although the Italian’s exploits in-front of goal has rightfully endeared him with the club’s supporters, it can be argued that he is a player who can either deliver a thrilling performance, or simply not turn up for his side.
During the 2018/19 campaign, Forestieri’s form has been lackluster to say the very least with the former Watford forward scoring just four times in eighteen appearances. A lack of involvement due to injury as well as team selection purposes has seen the 29-year-old miss 20 Championship fixtures this year, leaving the Owls to perform without him, which under the guidance of Bruce they have.
With Forestieri’s contract running out in 2020 (via The Star), it could benefit Wednesday to call time on the forward’s four year stay in Sheffield in the summer as they would be able to recruit a fee of some sorts for him.
Yet if the striker is to stay, he must step up to the plate in the club’s final eight games this season which will determine what level they will be playing at next year.
What do you think Owls fans? Should Forestieri leave in the summer? Or does Bruce need to back the forward to deliver the goods once again for your side? Let us know below.
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