Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson believes Fernando Forestieri’s goal celebration at the weekend shows his passion for the club.
The attacker scored the winning goal in the Owls’ 2-1 success at Nottingham Forest on Saturday and he marked it by jumping into the away end, with videos of the celebration going viral.
It is a high point of a difficult season so far for the 27-year-old, who refused to play in August amid speculation of a move away, while he also had to watch as Wednesday splashed the cash on strikers Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall in the January transfer window.
But Hutchinson reckons his Argentinian-born team-mate will prove his worth.
“It meant a lot to him to score, he hasn’t scored for a while so you could see that passion coming out of him,” the midfielder said. “He is South American and he has got that passion. That’s what makes him a special player. He is a very good player so we are more than happy to have him.
“You get the good and bad of it but the good for me far outweighs the bad that he has. He is definitely a player we are going to need in the next 15 or 16 games.”
That win at Forest was the fourth on the spin for the Owls, who look set for a second successive tilt at the play-offs – they can go 10 points clear of seventh-placed Norwich if they beat Brentford on Tuesday.
That impressive form has come despite them not being at their best, but Hutchinson insists only results matter.
“We played better at the beginning of the season and didn’t get the results,” he said.
“I don’t think it matters about performance any more, at this stage of the season it only matters about three points to be honest.
“I know the fans want to see us play brilliant football but at the end of the day they will probably prefer to go to the Premier League and get up.
“We would like to play better, it is more enjoyable for us as well as the fans, but the three points is the most important thing.”