Sheffield Wednesday: The Star grade Owls signings

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri

We are just over a third of the way through the Championship season so the time has come to reflect on Sheffield Wednesday's big summer recruitment drive.

The Owls, sitting ninth in the table, brought in 16 new faces. Some have fitted in superbly. Others have flopped. Some have barely featured at all.

Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan

Here are my school gradings after 16 matches:

Darryl Lachman N/A

Signed days before Carlos Carvalhal's left field appointment as boss, Lachman has been completely frozen out at Hillsborough. The centre-back has not made a single appearance and has been told he is free to go and find another club.

Vincent Sasso C+

Rhoys Wiggins

Rhoys Wiggins

The Frenchman's form has been patchy. Played well at Leeds but found life tough against Middlesbrough. Is a squad player and provides useful back-up at centre-back when Glenn Loovens and Michael Turner are unavailable for selection.

Jack Hunt B-

Has formed a promising partnership on the right flank with Ross Wallace. Had a tough afternoon at Charlton in his last outing. Some of his defending occasionally lets him down. There is more to come from the right back.

Marco Matias C

Vincent Sasso

Vincent Sasso

Scored the goal of the season at Leeds. It was a brilliant piece of individual brilliance but has struggled for consistency. Carvalhal has utilised him as a winger and in the number 10 position this term. Has yet to justify his hefty price tag.

Lewis Price C

Started four times in the opening month of the campaign. Since then, academy graduate Joe Wildsmith has leapfrogged him in the pecking order. Several clubs have recently asked to take Price on loan. The goalkeeper's future appears to lie elsewhere.

Ross Wallace B+

Burnley's loss has been Wednesday's gain as Wallace has found the back of the net twice and contributed five assists. Is a set piece specialist and is capable of operating on either flank. Just needs to impose his will a bit more in matches.

Alex Lopez B-

This is the Spaniard's first season in England. His performances have been up and down but Lopez is technically very gifted and made an impact as a substitute in the victories over Brentford and Preston North End before suffering a thigh problem. Will only get better.

Lewis McGugan C

Has netted three times but failed to take his opportunity to cement a starting spot in the opening few weeks of the campaign. Carvalhal dismissed suggestions that he had fallen out with McGugan last month. The midfielder has a job on his hands trying to win Carvalhal over.

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Lucas Joao A-

A superb addition to Owls' forward line. Strong, quick and athletic, Joao has bagged four goals, culminating in him earning a maiden call-up to Portugal's full squad. Is someone the Owls must manage carefully but possesses all the attributes to reach the top.

Rhoys Wiggins C+

Made a shaky start to his Wednesday career before delivering two assured performances away to Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers. However, the former Charlton Athletic player is unlikely to dislodge Daniel Pudil at left-back anytime soon.

Modou Sougou B-

Offers the Owls something different with his pace on the counter attack. Sougou has nearly recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained at QPR. Is regarded as a valuable member of Wednesday's squad by Carvalhal but yet to be given a long run in the team.

Michael Turner B+

Had to wait patiently for his first Wednesday start. An experienced pro, Turner's calmness and clever reading of the game helped Carvalhal's side cut out the defensive lapses in concentration which hindered them in the early weeks.

Daniel Pudil B

Looked generally solid and proved a decent attacking outlet on the left wing. It is pretty rare Pudil gets caught out of position or beaten for pace by a winger. Is currently away on international duty with the Crech Republic.

Fernando Forestieri A-

You can't argue with Forestieri's goal return. Is averaging a goal every other match. Has the ability to trouble the majority of defences at this level. Is a crucial player in the way Carvalhal sets up and wants his team to play. Will improve the more matches he plays.

Barry Bannan A

Another outstanding piece of business. Added genuine quality to Wednesday's midfield engine room with his energy, vision and fine passing range. All that is missing from Bannan's game are goals. The Owls must tie him down to a longer deal to stop the Premier League clubs from cricling.

Gary Hooper C

Bit unfair to give him a rating at this stage, given he has only played twice. His track record suggests Wednesday have signed a prolific goal-scorer. This break will give Hooper more time to get up to speed and learn the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates.

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