According to The Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday beat off serious interest to secure forward Alessio Da Cruz in the final week of the transfer window, and after his cameo performance on Saturday, the Owls should be glad they did.
It’s claimed that Wednesday’s move for the Parma man accelerated rather quickly as manager Garry Monk and his Owls recruitment team worked hard to meet the Serie A outfit’s demands.
The south Yorkshiremen beat off interest from Germany as well as several Championship teams, although only Brentford was named – a very good sign considering just how well they have recruited in recent years.
Da Cruz is fluent in English and was convinced over a move after having a chat with Monk, who said this about him: “Alessio is a player I know well through contacts and through the recruitment department analysing him. He fits the profile that we need. He is young, he is athletic, he is quick, and we don’t have that option in the squad.”
The Owls received a short glimpse of everything he had to offer against Millwall this weekend, the only thing it was missing was that killer assist or goal.
Per SofaScore, Da Cruz managed a passing accuracy of 83%, had an attempt at goal and won all of his aerial duels in 23 minutes worth of action.
The Dutchman also received further glowing endorsements from his new boss, who was left praising his impact post-game.
“When he came on you saw glimpses of what he can offer and it’s something we haven’t really had. Since losing Steven Fletcher it’s been quite obvious that that’s an area of the pitch that has been a priority that we needed to affect. They both had an impact when they came on. It was good to see Fernando [Forestieri] back out there, he’s not fully at his sharpest or 100 per cent. He and Alessio showed good link play and good quality at times, that’s going to be important going forward.”
Garry Monk, Owls boss.
Wednesday’s new attacker is capped internationally at youth level and once courted by Premier League outfit Arsenal, so there’s further encouragement ahead on the sort of impact he could have at Hillsborough.
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