Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed the best period of their last few years under the management of Carlos Carvalhal, with the Owls making the Championship play-offs in consecutive seasons between 2016 and 2017.
Unfortunately for Wednesday, they would fall short both times and Carvalhal would leave the club in December 2017.
After a bright start under manager Garry Monk this term, Wednesday’s promotion hopes seem to be quickly fading following a recent poor run of form.
The Owls have now been out of the Premier League since their relegation back in 2000, and 2016’s play-off final defeat still remains the closest the Owls have come to a return to the top-flight.
With this in mind, we take a look at three players from the Carvalhal-era that could walk into this current crop of Wednesday players…
A problem at times for Wednesday this season has been a lack of creativity something that the 30-year-old could offer Wednesday on his day.
Having joined the club back in 2015, after an impressive spell at Portuguese side Nacional, Matias went on to make 72 appearances for the Owls, scoring 11 goals and contributing seven assists during his time at Hillsborough.
Matias would offer Carvalhal’s men pace up the field and the ability to beat a man, something Wednesday have lacked at some times this season.
Another creative player from the Carvalhal-era is 34-year-old winger Ross Wallace, who is now plying his trade at St. Mirren.
Wallace arrived at Hillsborough in 2015 following a successful five-year spell at Burnley, where he won promotion to the Premier League with the Clarets back in 2014.
The winger scored six goals during Carvalhal’s first season in charge at Hillsborough, including a memorable goal against Arsenal in the EFL Cup and two vital goals in the play-off semi-final against Brighton.
Wallace would go on to score five goals and rack up seven assists the following season as Wednesday would once again make the play-offs, before leaving for Fleetwood Town in 2018.
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The 32-year-old striker initially joined the Owls on loan back in 2015 but would end up staying at Hillsborough until 2019.
In Carvalhal’s maiden season at Hillsborough, Hooper scored 13 goals in 29 league appearances for the Owls and played a pivotal role in their play-off semi-final victory.
In total, Hooper scored 31 goals in 89 games for the Hillsborough club, helping them reach the Championship play-offs twice.
The Owls have at times been over-reliant on Steven Fletcher’s goals this term, and some fans may be forgiven for hoping someone like Hooper wouldn’t go amiss in this Owls team this term.