Carlos: We haven’t seen best of strike pair

Carlos Carvalhal says Wednesday have yet to see the best of strikers Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper this season.

As we prepare to travel to current league leaders Huddersfield on Sunday, the head coach pointed to the fact that Forestieri had scored six goals in five games, before refusing to travel with the squad for our match at Norwich at the end of August, and has scored just once more since then.

Forestieri apologised for the Norwich ‘no-show’ and Carvalhal said: “Fernando has not lost his abilities … it is not a question of his attitude … he is trying all the time, but he needs to manage something in his head.”

He said the players and fans like him and added: “It is probably a question of something in his mind he must change and sometimes one goal can change everything.”

Referring to Hooper, Carvalhal said: “We are waiting to see the best of Gary this season. He has given signals but has not given the click yet.

“He and Fernando are two very important players for us, we are waiting for them to click … and they must upgrade their performance.”

The head coach also said that new signings, such as Almen Abdi and David Jones, are still adapting to Wednesday’s style of football but that the international break has given the opportunity for the new faces to further settle into life at S6.

Keiren Westwood has recovered from the thigh injury that forced him off against Brighton in our last league game.

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