Sheffield Wednesday boss claims this fringe player is just as important as Gary Hooper or Fernando Forestieri

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Carlos Carvalhal believes that his countryman is a leader among the squad.

Carlos Carvalhal has claimed that Jose Semedo is just as important to the Sheffield Wednesday squad as Gary Hooper, Glenn Loovens or Fernando Forestieri despite the Portuguese's limited role in the first-team this term, the Sheffield Star reports.

Semedo has played just nine times in the Championship this season, making just six starts, but Carvalhal believes that what he brings to the team makes him just as important as those who are playing almost every week.

"In Portugal, we call it mística which means mystique," he told the Star. "It is when you have players in the dressing room who lead by example.

"People know they will probably not play too much but they are players who give examples inside the dressing room to others. It is very important you have these type of players in your dressing rooms. They might not be playing but they push the other players very hard.

"Not every player can do this. Players usually have a big ego but they put the collective first before themselves and Jose puts the team before himself. He is doing absolutely fantastic. He is important to me as Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper, Glenn Loovens and all the other players."

The 31-year-old's influence on the team is clearly an important reason why the Owls are in contention for promotion to the Premier League at this late stage of the season. 

He would be forgiven for struggling to find the motivation to help the squad, considering that he is on the sidelines most weeks.

However, clearly aware that any negativity would rub off on the rest of the team and perhaps dent their spirit ahead of the final weeks of the campaign, Semedo appears to have decided to keep working as hard as possible, potentially to keep pushing those who are featuring much more regularly to maintain their high standards as they can see that someone is ready to take their place if their form dips. 

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