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Garry Monk’s barely been in charge for a couple of weeks, but he has already been tasked with several key decisions at Sheffield Wednesday.
The next on the list is fitting Fernando Forestieri into the side as the forward comes to the end of his six-game ban for racial abuse.
With Steven Fletcher in a rich vein of goalscoring form, having bagged four this season, and Sam Winnall seemingly taking every opportunity after his winner against Huddersfield, it appears the Argentina-born Italian will have to fight his way in somehow.
The Yorkshire Post stated that the 29-year-old is arguably one of the most gifted players amongst the Owls’ squad, yet he hasn’t lived up to such heights for a couple of seasons now.
His opening two seasons were rewarded with play-off runs, netting 15 in his first term as Wednesday’s top goalscorer and 12 in the next, per Transfermarkt.
Since then he’s managed just 11 combined and has struggled to maintain a place amongst the starting lineup – Forestieri has made only 21 starts across the last two campaigns combined which is less than any other season at the club.
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Monk’s recent comments about the forward bodes well for opportunity going by his recent return. The 48-year-old claimed that he “has shown a really good attitude and understands he needs to do the work.”
Forestieri has been given his own fitness plan to ensure he’s up to speed when the time calls and as mentioned, Monk sees Reach as a winger.
If you bear that in mind, there could well be a spot open in the number ten role or alongside Fletcher.
Those are two positions the former Italy youth international can play in and after scoring a thumping long-range effort from a central position last term, it would make sense to have him in one of those roles.
Once the forward does return to the side there’s a big decision to be made on whether he plays in midfield or as a striker.
Wednesday’s new manager has already got some important calls right so far so Forestieri could be his next success.