Wantaway Sheffield Wednesday playmaker/striker Fernando Forestieri refused to play yesterday for his club in the 0-0 draw at Norwich, but manager Carlos Carvalhal has said the player is going nowhere.
But as we found out with Yohan Cabaye three years ago when he refused to play for us when the season started in August of 2013 with Arsenal after him, it’s sometimes difficult to keep an unhappy player.
Fernando Forestieri – 26 year-old Sheffield Wednesday striker
Cabaye didn’t move to Arsenal, because Newcastle rejected their £11M offer but he went the following January to PSG for £20M and found out what it was like sitting on the bench in Paris.
Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle are interested in the Argentine-born forward and it seems that Derby County have already started the bidding at £7M for the player.
Wednesday did what Newcastle did three years ago when Cabaye wanted to push his move through to Arsenal and left him out of the match-day squad of 18 yesterday, because he refused to play.
Usually when that happens the player has been told of the wages another club are willing to pay him and it does cause the player to be unsettled, but on the other hand he is not acting professionally and it could point to problems down the road with his behavior.
He did play in the first game for the Owls – the 1-0 win at home to Aston Villa – but only after his changed his mind just before the game.
Manager Carvahal has said the following to Sky Sports:
“He came up to me before that game and said he wanted a chat,”
“He told me he didn’t want to play against Villa but we talked it through and he had a change of mind and ended up scoring our winner.”
“We then trained with Fernando as usual, preparing for the Norwich game, and then he spoke to me again and said he didn’t want to play.”
“This time he didn’t change his mind and we had to do without him.”
“It is obviously very disappointing and now we will open up the usual process when something like this happens.”
“But it is not a problem for me, because Fernando is under contract at this club and the Chairman has said he will not be selling anyone.”
“He is our player and will not be sold and if this happens again it will be the same situation.”
Forestieri moved to Wednesday from Watford last year for £3M and scored 16 goals and 8 assists for Wednesday in 40 appearances.
From the looks of the Newcastle team in the first two games of the season we need reinforcements who can score goals and help us to score goals.
The player has played for all the Italian youth sides including 2 appearances for the Italian U-21 side.
He started his career at Genoa in January 2006 and the moved to Udinese in 2009 and Watford in 2013 before ending up at Sheffield Wednesday last summer.
The 26 year-old has already played 252 games with 53 goals and 36 assists and he has also played for a number of teams on loan.
Newcastle do need somebody who can score goals and we have the money, so this report in Sky Sports could even be true.
We’d be very surprised if Sheffield Wednesday want to sell their top player to a team who may be challenging them for promotion this season.
What do you think?