This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Back in July 2015, Sheffield Wednesday completed the signing of Portuguese ace Marco Matias from Nacional. Aged 26 at the time, the winger had just enjoyed a fantastic campaign in his native country, netting 17 goals and providing two assists in 33 Liga NOS appearances whilst also bagging three strikes in six Taca de Portugal outings.
That form convinced the Owls to spend £2.79m to secure his signature and take him to Hillsborough and it looked like a statement signing at the time under Carlos Carvalhal.
In his first season at Wednesday the club enjoyed great success, making it all the way to the Championship play-off final which they ultimately lost 1-0 against Hull City at Wembley. However, Matias struggled to make much of an impact in the team. Despite a couple of goals early on, including a screamer against Leeds, he only managed 22 appearances in all competitions due to injury problems, netting just three strikes and providing no assists in that time.
Most fans of the South Yorkshire club would have hoped for more in the following term, but in truth things got much worse for the five-time Portugal under-21 international. Indeed, in August 2016 it was confirmed that he had an abductor injury and he suffered more setbacks throughout the campaign. By this point, supporters were starting to grow frustrated with one even suggesting the club should “terminate his contract” as he was a “waste of time and money.”
In the end, he managed to make just two appearances in 16/17, totalling 62 minutes on the pitch.
Things didn’t get much better for him in the 17/18 season either. There was once again a significant lack of appearances from the player, he played just 14 times in all competitions, scoring once and laying on four assists.
He did finally manage to play a significant amount of games in 18/19, featuring 34 times across the Championship, FA Cup and League Cup and chipping in with seven goals and three assists.
That wasn’t enough to convince the Owls to keep hold of him at the end of his contract though and he was ultimately released on a free at the end of that campaign. That meant that the club didn’t recoup any of the £2.79m spent on him and they almost certainly did not get value for their money as he played just 72 games across four seasons, finishing up with 11 goals and seven assists.
Overall, Sheffield Wednesday’s decision to sign Matias proved to be a bit of a waste of money and it is certainly a transfer to forget.
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