Sheffield Wednesday: Plenty more to come from happy Sasso
He may have seemed destined to be one of the duds of Sheffield Wednesday's busy summer of transfers but things are looking up for Vincent Sasso.
And the French defender is confident the best is yet to come from him in Wednesday colours.
The loanee – who turned 25 this week – played just six games before the New Year, two coming in the early rounds of the Capital One Cup.
But injuries opened the door for Sasso and he has played the full 90 minutes of seven of the Owls’ last nine games.
He explains that a knee injury hampered his first few months at Hillsborough but added he is now fighting fit.
“At the beginning it was very difficult but now it is better,” said Sasso, who looks set to retain his place in the Owls defence for this afternoon’s trip to Preston North End.
“I had big problems in my knee, I was really struggling but it is better.
“I am doing my best. Every game I try to do better but I think I can do better.
“For the moment I am happy with what I have done so far.”
Sasso is on a season-long loan from Portuguese club Braga. As well as playing in Portugal, he also turned out for FC Nantes in his native France.
And he admits English football has taken some getting used to.
He said: “I think I can do better but obviously it starts with the defensive part and being more aggressive in this league.
“The referees do not blow.
“I had to be more aggressive and focused.
“The aggressive part was the biggest thing to adjust to.
“In Portugal, they like it more relaxed. Playing in Braga it was easier because we always had the ball and we think the referee would always blow.
“But here it is not the case.”
Off the pitch, Sasso says he had no problems settling in.
He said: “The Portuguese helped me settle in obviously. Semedo really helped me speak.
“Glenn Loovens helped as well and even Tom Lees.
“Everybody tried to make it comfortable and give me some advice. Even the staff, like Lee Bullen.
“It’s a really nice group because it’s all about the team.”
Sasso admits he is open to following in the footsteps of Jack Hunt and Gary Hooper to convert a loan deal with Wednesday into a permanent switch.