26-year-old Fernando Forestieri, a summer 2015 signing from Premier League Watford, has been a definite catalyst for Sheffield Wednesday this season.
The Rosario-born frontman, who counts a number of Italian sides such as Genoa and Udinese amongst his former clubs, signed for the Owls at the end of August 2015, for a sum reputed to be around £3m.
The Argentinian-Italian frontman has repaid that large transfer fee with 15 goals and 7 assists in the current Championship campaign that has seen Sheffield Wednesday, under Carlos Carvalhal, rise to sixth place in the Championship table and a likely play-off place should they win in today’s fixture against Derby County who sit a place above them in the league table.
However, it isn’t the goal-scoring prowess of the nimble-footed striker that is making the news today, rather it is a natty t-shirt that he is seen sporting before today’s televised fixture against the Rams.
After being sent off against both Hull City and Preston, as well as booked against MK Dons, Forestieri thinks that the he may have been singled out for harsh treament from match officials.
In a very pointed rejoinder to the match officials, the message of the t-shirt rings loud and clear, there can be little doubt as to the intention that Forestieri is wanting to be understood.
— Cammy Kennedy (@LiveF0rever_) April 23, 2016
Against Preston, Forestieri was unlucky to get two yellow cards, a situation that angered his manager Carvalhal. Speaking to the Sheffield Star, the Owls manager said: “Forestieri received the ball in a good position and the defence blocked him and the referee gave him a yellow card, so the first yellow is not correct. The second yellow seems correct. Even though he doesn’t touch the ball he’s tried to put his hand on the ball and the referee therefore was correct.
The 15-goal hitman served his suspension for the Preston cards, then straight away was pinged against Hull City with two yellows, including one for ‘simulation’ that even Hull boss Bruce said was unwarranted. Quoted in the Shefield Star, Bruce said: “I think (the red card decision) was harsh. I think I would be really, really disappointed if it had gave been one of our players.”