Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri discusses importance of top scorer battle with Gary Hooper

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The pair have scored 22 goals between them in the Championship this season.

Fernando Forestieri has played down talk of any rivalry between himself and Gary Hooper regarding finishing the season as Sheffield Wednesday's top goalscorer, the Sheffield Star reports.

The pair have scored 22 goals between them in the Championship this season, with Forestieri edging the battle with 12 strikes to his name. However, the Italian has insisted that finishing the campaign as the side's leading scorer is not important in comparison with other priorities on the Owls' radar.

"For me, it [finishing top-scorer] doesn't matter," he told the Star. "It doesn't matter if I score or Gary scores.

"The important thing is the three points.

"I don't like talking about just one player. We have 11 players and seven more on the bench."

While the former Watford man is slightly ahead, he does have an advantage in that Hooper only moved to Hillsborough in October. 

The fact that the 28-year-old did not begin the season as part of Carlos Carvalhal's side makes his tally of 10 goals all the more impressive. And judging by his recent run - which has seen him score eight goals in his last six league games - Hooper is well on course to set a decent benchmark that Forestieri will do very well to match up to.

As the 26-year-old says however, Wednesday's success in the Championship this season is just as much down to the rest of the squad as it is the front two. And while Carvalhal will know that their promotion hopes will partially rest on Hooper and Forestieri maintaining their blistering form in front of goal, he will also be aware that it will be just as important that the rest of the side continue to back them up. 

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