Tom Lees has no doubts that Fernando Forestieri will soon get back to his best and rediscover the form that shot Sheffield Wednesday into last season’s Play-Off Final.
The Owls forward has yet to consistently produce the sparkling performances which made him a fans’ favourite at Hillsborough during his first season at the club, though the 26 year old has scored the same number of goals so far (two), as he had done at this stage of the last campaign.
However, the Argentina-born frontman has, at times, looked a shadow of the player which lit up Championship grounds around the country last year, with his overall impact a lot less than fans had been used to seeing.
Lees, though, says he is ‘very confident’ that those supporters will soon see the best of Forestieri again, with the Owls defender stating that his team mate’s form could be a symptom of the overall squad’s lack of consistency so far.
“I am very confident that Fernando will soon turn things around,” Lees told The Star.
“He’s a great player and we all want him to get back to his best.
“He works hard in training. He is probably critical of himself, there’s no way he’s getting complacent or anything.
“I think it is the same case with every other player in the team which is that we need to get back to our best.”
Wednesday’s team as a whole haven’t been delivering the type of swashbuckling attacking play and finishing that was a cornerstone of last season’s promotion push and Lees states that once the rest click into gear then Forestieri’s performances will also increase in quality.
“When the team starts playing better, I’m sure Fernando will get more chances,” added Lees, who this week admitted that he has been unhappy with his own displays so far for Wednesday this season.
“He has been in and out of the team so he’s not really got that run going.
“He’s a vital player for us so hopefully he can get a goal and kick on from there.”