Jose Semedo pleased for Sheffield Wednesday teammate Lucas Joao after striker ended goal drought

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The Portuguese's goal against Brentford was his first in over two months for the Championship side.

Jose Semedo has admitted that he's pleased for Sheffield Wednesday teammate Lucas Joao after the striker ended his wait for a goal that had lasted over two months before he scored against Brentford last weekend, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Portuguese had gone through an extremely barren spell in front of goal before he wrapped up the 4-0 victory over the Bees in the final minutes of the game. And his countryman has suggested that the 22-year-old deserved to end the drought given how hard he has been working lately.

"He has been left out of the starting eleven but his attitude has been good," he told the Star.

"When he has come on, he has looked hungry and worked hard. He got his reward on Saturday.

"Lucas is a quality player and hopefully he will now kick on and keep banging in goals."

While the former Nacional man enjoyed a better run of form earlier in the campaign - scoring six times in 11 games between September and November - the impressive form of Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri, as well as the versatility that Atdhe Nuhiu gives them meant that he struggled to establish himself as a regular in Carlos Carvalhal's side. 

He has started just 10 league games this season, while also making another 18 appearances from the bench, which does not appear to be the ideal way to get the best out of a striker as they may be unable to build some rhythm and momentum, although there have been a handful of strikers who have seemingly disproved that theory down the years.

But if he continues to impress Carvalhal with his work-rate, and backs it up by hitting the back of the net more frequently when given a chance, then he may begin to establish himself as a genuine rival to the likes of Hooper and Forestieri for a regular starting spot.  

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