Sheffield Wednesday can’t afford to lose Joao despite Hooper’s return

Sheffield Wednesday are hoping to sell forward Lucas Joao this summer according to a report in the printed version of The Sun on Sunday 7th April (page 61). But are they wrong to be considering selling?

What’s the word?

According to Sunday’s edition of The Sun, Sheffield Wednesday are weighing up whether to sell one of their top goal scorers this season in Joao for £8m.

The Owls are hoping to balance their books by offering out the 25-year-old who has recently been missing with injury.

Joao’s contract at Wednesday ends in 2021, per Transfermarkt, so it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see the club cash in on the player, rather than seeing his value plummet over the next year. Transfermarkt values the player at £1.8m, some way off the club’s own valuation.

The same report in The Sun also suggests Fernando Forestieri could leave the club.

Joao has to stay

A potential sale of £8m looks attractive for a Championship club but the Owls simply have to keep Joao. Although injured since February, the attacker was vital for the club earlier in the season and is currently their second top goal scorer on nine for the campaign.

Steve Bruce hasn’t had a proper chance to see the player in action since he arrived at Hillsborough, but regardless, has to keep him at the Yorkshire club.

Gary Hooper may have returned but considering Joao’s early season form he still has to be considered as one of their top players.

With Hooper and Steven Fletcher now the wrong side of 30, Wednesday need someone younger in their ranks to stay, and considering how much they’ve missed the similarly direct Rolando Aarons in the past two matches, they must keep Joao.

His direct nature helps to give a different dynamic in the final third and his versatility can also be a huge asset.

The positives of keeping Joao, therefore, outweigh the negatives and Bruce has to keep hold of him.

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