Prior to this injury stricken season, Fernando Forestieri had scored 27 goals in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons combined for Sheffield Wednesday, and looked to be becoming one of the Championship’s top players.
Forestieri is now back in contention for a starting place after a lengthy spell on the side lines, which gives Jos Luhukay a huge boost in attacking options, but comes too late for a play-off push.
The 28-year-old has had six and a half months out with cruciate ligament knee damage, but the Owls striker, who bagged himself a healthy 12 goals last season, grabbed a goal on his return to the side in his side’s 4-1 thumping of Preston less than a week ago.
The tricky forward was given a hero’s welcome back to Hillsborough.
In the short 18 minutes he spent gracing the turf, he produced countless skills, immaculate passing, topped off with an audacious curling free kick past a helpless Preston goalkeeper.
Sheffield Wednesday manager, Jos Luhukay, will be delighted the former Watford man is back.
Forestieri signed for Wednesday in August 2015, after a lacklustre season at Vicarage Road, topping off his three year spell at the Hornets.
Despite the forward’s uninspiring 2014/15 campaign, which saw him net just five times in 24 league matches, Sheffield Wednesday took a punt on the former Italy under-21 international.
Now back in the Sheffield Wednesday lineup, Fernando Forestieri has a chance to prove his worth, and show the Championship he has what it takes to be a star.
His side are out of reach of the play-offs, but the little forward will have a full season next year to display his talent, and guide the Owls to the top six.