Frederico Venâncio’s season at Sheffield Wednesday was a tale of two years.
In 2017, the Portuguese defender made one start, was an unused substitute in eight matches, and was not included in 14 match day squads. In 2018, he missed only two of the 21 games as he confidently stamped his impression onto the side.
Typically calm, he proved to be an outstanding figure and the most impressive Wednesday defender of the second half of the season.
Despite having sat on the sidelines for such an extended period, Venâncio slipped into the starting line-up with the ease and familiarity of a duck sliding into a pond.
He made 7.3 clearances per game – a figure only bested by Tom Lees. His 1.5 interceptions was also the second highest of any Wednesday defender, behind Glenn Loovens. When factoring in his 1.9 tackles per game bettering any of his defensive colleagues, his combined stats show him to have truly stood head and shoulders above the pack.
His current situation entails a return to his Portuguese parent club, Vitoria de Setubal. However, following such a stunning season, Jos Luhukay should be putting a great deal of pressure on the board at Hillsborough to ensure that the defender returns to Yorkshire for next season. Such defenders are worth their weight in gold, particularly in a division that puts such a premium on defensive solidity.
And, with the Sheffield Star reporting the club is doing all they can to bring him in, things are looking bright for the Owls here.
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