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Could this playmaker be the spark that Leeds need?

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Fernando Forestieri has returned from injury with some top performances.

Sheffield Wednesday finished the season in 15th place, but Forestieri and other key players ensured it wasn’t much worse with some excellent performances near the end of the season, after returning from injury, to steer the Owls away from a potential relegation dogfight.

Forestieri played a key part in getting Wednesday into the play-offs over the last two seasons, but an injury crisis reduced the Owls to the bare bones this season and stopped any chance of them reaching their pre-season targets. Jos Luhukay will be hoping to have him at his disposal for a full season.

The playmaker was only able to make 10 league appearances this season, but he contributed five goals in that time. This is impressive considering he plays behind the two strikers and has a lot of creative responsibility.

His shot volume shows how heavily involved he is because he averages 2 shots per game. Therefore, he has a 25% conversion rate, which makes him a major threat.

The nature of his role isn’t just limited to attacking responsibilities, though, because he averages 1.1 tackles per game as well as winning 1.7 fouls per game. This makes him an attractive proposition because he is a playmaker who is willing to contribute defensively, which is rare.

He also averages 1.8 dribbles per game which is important in aiding Wednesday’s progression up the pitch especially when they’re in their defensive shape. It also takes off the pressure on the defence, so they can have periods of resting and reduces the likelihood of conceding.

Leeds have Pablo Hernandez as their main playmaker, but Forestieri could work well with him because he would contribute defensively while also linking up with the Spaniard and giving them a dual creative threat. His goalscoring threat would be useful as well because of the amount of chances that Hernandez creates.

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