Fernando Forestieri shows what Leeds missed, but Sheffield Wednesday start still too early to be judged success

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Fernando Forestieri was a game changer for Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, as Leeds cried out for a player of his creativity.

Leeds United were gazumped by Sheffield Wednesday late in the transfer window in their attempts to sign Fernando Forestieri.

The Whites pushed hard to sign the Italian from Watford, before announcing on their website they had pulled out of a deal, with owner Massimo Cellino stating Forestieri lacked the right mentality to play for Leeds.

Days later he clinched a move to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, and produced a moment of magic at the weekend to show what the fuss was about.

Forestieri provided an assist for in form midfielder Kieran Lee to score the opening goal in the 3-1 home win over Preston, with a clever flick to lay the ball off for the goalscorer.

It was evidence of his quality, and the reason the Owls spent money to bring him in to add to their squad.

Meanwhile Leeds United were slumping to another home loss, losing 2-0 to Birmingham City, having scored only nine goals in 10 games this season.

The optics of Forestieri's impact on a weekend Leeds struggled draw obvious conclusions, but it is too early to judge whether the Italian was a success, and whether in the long run the Whites missed out.

Sheffield Wednesday spent near to £3 million on the playmaker, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported, a lot of money for a player who was a bit-part player in Watford's promotion campaign last season, making only 10 starts.

To put that figure in context, it's a fee Leeds have reached only once in the last decade, and that was this summer on striker Chris Wood.

Forestieri has now scored one goal and provided one assist in his last two games, with four appearances overall for the Owls. In his opening two matches he did struggle, but part of that is to be expected as he gets to know his teammates and his manager Carlos Carvalhal learns about where to try and fit him into his team.

It's a promising start on which to build for the 25-year-old, but he needs to pick up where he left off after the international break and be consistent over the course of the season if he is to really show he was worth the money, and that Leeds should have regret about missing out.

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