Sheffield Wednesday have recently confirmed the signing of winger Manuel Hidalgo for an undisclosed fee.
Hidalgo has clearly made a good impression on key figure’s at Hillsborough, after successfully coming through a trial period with the club.
The 20-year-old had previously been playing for Italian side Torino, which came after he started his youth career with Portuguese giants Benfica.
Speaking in an interview with Sheffield Wednesday’s official website, Hidalgo made a bold claim on English football, and labelled the move as ‘a big step’.
“I have always liked English football, I think it is the best football in the world.
“England has the best leagues, the best pitches and players, the best structures, everything. This is a big step for me but I feel very prepared and very happy to be here.”
The winger expressed his eagerness to progress through the ranks with the Owls quickly, and revealed that his goal is to feature for the Wednesday first team in the future.
“I know I need to take some steps towards the first team. I played for the first team in Italy and I know it’s not the same here. I want to play first for the Under-23s but my main goal is to play for the first team.”
Sheffield Wednesday have made a strong start to the season, and are currently sat sixth in the Championship table, and will be keen to find some consistency in their results in the near future.
Garry Monk’s side are next in action this weekend when they take on Blackburn Rovers, in what could potentially be a tricky test for the Owls as they look to cement their position inside the top-six in the Championship.
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Supporters will be hoping that more experienced players arrive as the January transfer window progresses.
Hidalgo looks as though he’s a signing that is looking more towards the future, and he’ll be hoping he can progress through to the first team as quickly as possible.
Sheffield Wednesday need strength in depth in the first team sooner rather than later though, otherwise their play-off ambitions could take a hit this season.