Carlos Carvalhal has told A Bola (as quoted by Sheffield Wednesday Vital Football) that he believes Sheffield Wednesday striker Lucas Joao will be ready to ‘die for the team’ by the end of the season.
Joao has been one of Wednesday’s most successful summer recruits, and he has made a huge impression at Hillsborough.
The Portuguese striker has scored seven times in 14 starts for the Owls, and his good form has earned him two senior caps for his country.
Carvalhal believes that the 22-year-old still has the potential to improve though, and he has suggested that the striker will be a much better player by the end of the season.
“My role is to make him a better forward and team player, because a forward isn’t just a player who scores goals,” Carvalhal said.
“He’s been evolving and at the end of the season, I’m sure he’ll be a player who’s ready to die for the team and contribute to its success with goals.”
Joao has already been linked with a top level move, with Everton credited with an interest in the powerful forward by The Sun.
Wednesday are understood to be determined to keep hold of the forward though, as they plan to mount a promotion push.
As things stand the Owls are one place outside the play off places, but they are one of the form teams in the Championship - having lost just three of their last 20 league matches.