Fernando Forestieri is still not at full match fitness, says Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri has yet to excel since leaving Watford.

Speaking to the Star, Carlos Carvalhal has admitted that Fernando Forestieri is still short of full match fitness, which is behind his slow performances since signing for the Owls.

The head coach said: “Fernando played much better in the last match [Burnley] but he didn’t play at the same level against Bolton. He has only started to play in the last couple of games and started to feel tired the other night. We believe that he is one player who in a second can solve a game which is why we played him for 90 minutes.”

Having played just one game with Watford prior to moving to Hillsborough, it is no surprise that Forestieri is still not at maximum match fitness.

He has started to show glimpses of brilliance since signing for the Owls, but he has failed to perform on a consistent basis, and that is down to the lack of match sharpness he currently has.

Forestieri has proven himself in the Championship, performing solidly for three years with the Hornets, and Carvalhal will be hoping he reaches that same level soon following his summer move.

On his day, the playmaker has the potential to be one of the best players in the division, and he can be unplayable when in the right mood. However, he has yet to show this so far, and getting up to speed with the pace of the second tier is the first job he must complete.

With game time comes match sharpness, and if Carvalhal perseveres with Forestieri, the Owls have a player of real quality on their hands.

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