Sheffield Wednesday boss backs Aiden McGeady to prove himself in the same way Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper have done

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The winger has endured a mixed start to life with the Championship club.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal believes that Aiden McGeady has the quality to recover from his poor start to life on loan at Hillsborough in the same way that both Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper have done this season, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 29-year-old joined the Championship side on loan from Everton during the January transfer window, but had struggled to make much of an impact during his first few games for the Owls. 

However, after watching the former Celtic man open the scoring in Wednesday's emphatic 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, Carvalhal has suggested that McGeady has the potential to win everyone over, much like his two most prolific forwards managed earlier in the campaign.

"We are persisting with McGeady," he told the Star. "We know the player, we know the quality he has.

"We are doing what we did with Fernando in the beginning because when he came in it was not good for the first two or three weeks.

"And you remember when Gary Hooper came, for four or five weeks people had some questions about the player. But we persisted with Gary and Fernando because we know the players."

While Forestieri managed to open his account for the club in just his third game following his move from Watford, it was perhaps the start of Hooper's spell that proved the much more concerning, so may therefore give McGeady the confidence to know that he can capitalise on his first goal and win any doubters over.

The 28-year-old failed to find the back of the net in his first seven games, but has since gone on a run of form that has seen him move to within one goal of Forestieri's total, which is mightily impressive given that he joined a couple of months after the Italian. 

And while Owls fans will not be expecting the winger to start competing with his two teammates when it comes to goalscoring, the strike against Forest should give him plenty of confidence that he can make the kind of contribution that will help the side get promoted to the top flight. 

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