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20 November 2015

Carlos Carvalhal says Lucas Joao is improving by the day and is delighted for the striker following his stint on the international scene with Portugal.

The head coach has seen plenty of development in the promising young striker and believes there is much more to come.

He said: “Lucas is a player with ability, all the skills which a striker must have. He’s fast, good with the head, pace, connects the game well with midfielders, and shoots with his left and right foot.

“He is improving, which is why the national coach called him into the team. It’s fantastic for him. It’s good to the boy, because he is improving, it’s also good to Sheffield Wednesday.

“The name of Sheffield Wednesday goes around the world, not just Lucas, but with other players like Joe Wildsmith, Keiren Westwood and Daniel Pudil.

“It is not common for a player in the second division, in this case in England, who can go to play in the first XI of the Portugal national team.

“But he has a long way to go to become a top striker. We must remember two years ago he was playing in the Portugal third division. It’s been a big jump in a short space of time.”

The 22-year-old has now returned to the Owls and, of course, could feature tomorrow as Wednesday face Huddersfield at Hillsborough.

Carlos Continued: “Lucas has learned a lot. We play here different, and he has improved defensively. When we lose the ball, he has a very good mental action to recover the ball.

“He needs better movement inside the area, think like an attacker, not a defender. He must try to do different things, disrupt defence with his movement. It is something we will try to improve with him.

“I believe Lucas learns very fast and he will learn.”

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