Jose Semedo says the Owls must do all they can to keep Lewis McGugan beyond the end of the season.
The midfield ace is on loan from Watford until the end of the campaign but has another year left on his deal at Vicarage Road.
I hope Lewis stays with us because he’s a top playerJose Semedo
Semedo is baffled as to why McGugan cannot force his way into the Watford side but is delighted Wednesday are able to take advantage of that.
“For me, he’s one of the best midfielders in the league - without a doubt,” Semedo told the Star.
“I hope he stays with us because he’s a top player.
“He’s a tremendous footballer and a really top player.
“I’m a bit surprised he’s not playing in the Watford team.
“I know they have a good side but it’s difficult to understand why he doesn’t get in their side. I don’t know why but we are lucky to have him.
“I work with him in training and play alongside him in matches and he shows tremendous qualities.
“He can help us a lot and put in some tremendous performances.”
McGugan has scored in the last two games for the Owls and looks to be hitting his stride as he builds up his fitness levels.
Competition for places alongside the 26-year-old in the Wednesday midfield is strong with the likes of Chris Maguire and Sam Hutchinson sitting on the bench for recent games while Filipe Melo has been left out entirely in two of the last four games.
Semedo believes whoever is chosen to partner McGugan will shine alongside him.
He said: “Anyone of us who plays alongside Lewis can be a good partnership.
“I don’t remember seeing a Sheffield Wednesday squad with so many good players in the same position as we have at the moment.
“He makes everyone look so good because he’s a good footballer.”
McGugan opened the scoring for Wednesday in the midweek 3-1 win at Millwall.
The comfortable nature of the win was a long time coming according to Semedo who insists there was never any concern among the squad that the Owls would be dragged into a relegation fight.
He said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere in the dressing room after we beat Millwall because it’s been a long time without three points.
“We were really happy to get the win and it was a little bit of a relief.
“We were not worried. We knew the perfomances were there. Our result at Millwall matched the performance.”