Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief backs Lopez to make big impression

Alex Lopez
Alex Lopez

Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal is expecting big things from Spanish midfielder Alex Lopez.

The 27-year-old joined the Owls on a season-long loan deal from La Liga side Celta Vigo last Friday.

Saturday’s friendly at Alfreton Town came too soon for Lopez but the central midfielder could be plunged into action at Ilkeston tonight in Wednesday’s second pre-season fixture. Lopez met and trained with his new teammates for the first time earlier this week.

Carvalhal told The Star: “Alex [Lopez] is a talented, quality player. He is very technical.

“He can give some rhythm to our team with the ball and I am very happy to have brought him in. He is someone who can help improve our team.”

Lopez started his career with hometown club Racing Ferrol, making his debut in May 2005.

More than four years later, the midfield schemer moved to Vigo, featuring 164 times in the top-tier of Spanish football, netting 22 goals.

Describing himself as a box-to-box player, Lopez said one of his big strengths is shooting from long range.

“I have played in Spain all of my career so far and I am ready for a new challenge, the timing is right,” said Lopez.

“La Liga is a quality division but so is the Championship and my ambition now is to do well in this division.

“Sheffield Wednesday in England is a massive club and everyone knows that. I want to play my football for Sheffield Wednesday and show that this move is the right move for me at this time.

“I am loving the stadium and I cannot wait to sample the atmosphere here. I want to play and play well under the new coach and be part of what is clearly a very exciting time for this club under the new owner.”

Carvalhal, formerly of Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas, said he is pleased with the application and attitude his squad have shown so far since reporting back for pre-season. The Portuguese, who is still looking to bring in further reinforcements, is demanding his players “correct” the mistakes they made against Alfreton.

“I’m happy with what I have seen,” said Carvalhal. “I’ve seen a very good attitude.

“We did a lot of good things versus Alfreton but there were some mistakes that we must correct.”

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