Sheffield Wednesday: Lewis Price’s praise for attitude of Owls’ foreign legion

Lewis Price
Lewis Price

Lewis Price has praised Sheffield Wednesday’s new foreign contingent for making the effort to integrate themselves into the squad.

In a bumper summer of recruitment, the Owls have added eight non-British players to the squad – six of whom are experiencing their first taste of English football.

Other than the inevitable language barrier, goalkeeper Price says there has been no teething problems due to the influx of players from abroad.

“The biggest barrier is language,” Price said.

“Not many of them will speak tremendous English.

“And speaking for myself, I’m not going to lie, my Portuguese isn’t exactly great.

“I think it’s the biggest challenge that faces any squad when you bring in foreign players.

“The foreign lads are making an effort.

“The British lads are trying but it never gets them very far.

“You have to try and deal with. They’re making an effort so it should be easier to settle for it in to them.”

Much of the talk regarding the Wednesday squad last season centred on the strong bond and team spirit between the players.

Price – who moved to Hillsborough from Crystal Palace in July – believes that spirit has survived through a turbulent summer which has seen a change of head coach and 15 new arrivals.

He said: “I found it very easy to settle in.

“I felt comfortable within the first couple of days being here. It’s a testament to all the lads who are here.

“When you’ve got a squad like that it makes things a lot easier to start gelling when you’re playing.

“It’s always hard if it takes people time to settle down and find their feet.”

The Wales international keeper thinks those players without prior experience in the Championship will have suffered something of a culture shock.

But he is confident they will be getting to grips with life in the division after an intense opening month of the season.

Price said: “I think the Championship has probably been a bit of an eye opener for them that have played in Spain and Portugal because it’s a different pace.

“In the Championship, it’s a battle. Some places you just have to go, dig in and battle like we did in the Leeds game a couple of weeks ago.

“I think the lads are doing all right. Give them a few more games and travelling to a few more places.

“After about five or six games they’ll pick up the pace and see it’s probably a bit more physical than they’re used to.

“I think they will all be all right, judging by training and how they put themselves about.”