Wednesday's Carvalhal explains decision not to sign a striker on loan

Sheffield Wednesday

This pleasing stat backs up the Portuguese's decision.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has explained his decision not to sign a striker during the emergency loan window.

Wednesday were linked with moves for Bournemouth's Glenn Murray (the Sun) and Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty (the Mirror), but despite a run of five games without a win during February and March Carvalhal resisted the urge to add to his squad.

The Owls responded to their blip with back-to-back 3-0 wins - extending their lead over seventh-placed Cardiff City to three points as a result.

And those results appear to have reinforced Carvalhal's belief in his squad.

“We have different plans to play,” the Portuguese assured supporters in an interview with the Sheffield Star. “We have players who we play at the beginning.

“We have people like Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri who move very well between the lines. It means they can create damage. When they change the speed, they are very dangerous.

“We can play a different way when we play Atdhe Nuhiu. He opens more spaces for the other two. When we play with Lucas Joao, it is when teams play with the defence higher. He has pace and we use him in those situations.

“We don’t believe that the team must play all the time in the same way.”

Since Hooper's arrival at Hillsborough in October, Wednesday have scored 38 league goals - second only to Burnley (43) - with the aforementioned quartet responsible for 26 of those.

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Gary Hooper FW Sheff Wed 11 23 1,631
Fernando Forestieri FW Sheff Wed 10 22 1,832
Lucas João FW Sheff Wed 4 20 820
Atdhe Nuhiu FW Sheff Wed 1 22 1,065

It's not all about strikers though, with Wednesday's last six strikes arriving courtesy of six different players (including the own goal scored by Charlton's El-Hadji Ba, who deflected in Alex Lopez's shot).

As well as Ba, Forestieri and Hooper, Aiden McGeady, Marco Matias and Tom Lees each found the net during the games against Nottingham Forest and Charlton.

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