Sheffield Wednesday - Three to watch

HAVING finished in the top six in the last two seasons Sheffield Wednesday are rightfully considered as one of the best teams in the division. With the R’s heading up to Hillsborough this weekend we take a closer look at some of the players who can influence proceedings on Saturday’s match.

Glen Loovens

Strengths 

  • Tackling
  • Reading of the game
  • Leadership

Weaknesses

  • Pace

The captain of Sheffield Wednesday and organiser of their backline, Carlos Carvalhal’s side are certainly a better team with the Dutchman at the heart of their defence. At the age of 33, Loovens brings a maturity and calmness to a Wednesday team that conceded the third least amount of goals in the Championship last year. He’s won two caps for his native Holland and will need to be at his commanding best to deal with Conor Washington with the R’s striker buoyed by his brace against Reading last weekend.

George Boyd

Strengths

  • Work-rate
  • Heading
  • Pressing

Weaknesses 

  • Composure

Sheffield Wednesday’s big summer signing comes into this one under a little bit of pressure after a disappointing debut against Preston North End last weekend. The hard working winger, whose work ethic is so valuable in a league like the Championship can also be effective in the final third chipping in with goals and assists. Having played an impressive 36 times for a Burnley side who finished 16th in the Premier League last year, the Owls faithful will undoubtedly be expecting him to step his game up this weekend and his contest against Jake Bidwell could be vital in deciding which way the three points go.

Fernando Forestieri

Strengths

  • Dribbling
  • Acceleration
  • Creativity

Weaknesses

  • Temperament

When on form, arguably one of the league’s best forwards – Forestieri certainly has the potential to be a game changer. ‘Fessi’ as he’s nicknamed by some of the Hillsborough faithful, can be a joy to watch with his high level of flair, technique and skill. The Argentine forward netted 12 goals last campaign and that tally was not always playing as a central striker but also coming from the left wing which he has previously stated is not his preferred position. For the 5’ 6" striker to bring his game to the next level he must aim to become more consistent and also tame that fiery temper of his, which can often get him in trouble with officials but Ian Holloway will undoubtedly be aware of the threat that this explosive forward carries.