Andy Hinchcliffe hints Sheffield Wednesday will do well to keep hold of Fernando Forestieri

General view of the Stadium ahead of the match

The forward enjoyed a sensational first season with the Championship club.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates after the game

Sheffield Wednesday hero Andy Hinchcliffe has been full of praise for the impact that Fernando Forestieri has made during his first season at Hillsborough, but hinted that the Owls may do well to keep him at the club beyond the summer, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 26-year-old joined Carlos Carvalhal's side last August and went on to inspire the team towards the promotion picture. His 15 goals were a key reason why it was Wednesday that emerged out of the mid-table pack and took that final play-off spot.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri in action with Burnley's Andre Gray

And while the Owls would ultimately come up agonisingly short, as they lost the play-off final to Hull, Hinchcliffe has raved about the former Watford attacker, but suggested that his form would have surely made him a wanted man.

"Wednesday did very well to get a hold of Forestieri as I'm sure a lot of clubs would have tried to bring him in because he's the type of player who can pretty much do everything," he told the Star.

"Forestieri has that vision and can score or make goals out of nothing. He can be quiet in a game and then all of a sudden have a hand in two or three goals.

"I'm sure scouts and clubs will be looking at Forestieri so it will be a question of whether Wednesday can keep him now."

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri shoots

Given that Wednesday began last season with a new manager and brought in several new signings, it is surely fair to say that they overachieved by finishing in the top six.

But with things looking a lot more settled currently, they should arguably be expecting to be challenging for promotion this term. However, Carvalhal will surely feel that any success will require Forestieri to replicate his form from last season.

And not only will seeing off any interest see them keep the Argentine-born forward in their ranks to help their promotion bid, but having him in the squad may also help Carvalhal convince potential targets that the club are only going in one direction.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

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