PRESS PASS: Carvalhal on trip to Norwich

PRESS PASS: Carvalhal on trip to Norwich

Buying or Selling?

Unsurprisingly, given Derby County’s reported £7M bid for Fernando Forestieri on Tuesday, much of the talk during today’s press conference was about whether ‘Nando’ is for sale.

Here was Carlos’ chance to put those rumours to bed.

So, is he for sale? No. But

Carvalhal was clear about three things:

“We are not selling players. We are buying – or borrowing – players.

“As a coach, it is my job to improve players. If we then sell them up to a massive club, to me it is like a trophy.

“And ultimately buying and selling “is not in my hands.”

So, if we take it that Wednesday are currently in a building phase (more on that later), the focus is very much on strengthening the squad rather than stripping its assets.


And if we take it that Derby are not a ‘massive’ club (I’ll leave you to tell Nigel), Carvalhal won’t view Forestieri making a move there as something to celebrate on his CV.

We all have a mental list of players who ‘Love This Club and The Fans’ one week only to leave the next.

As Tom Lees said today, “It’s not anything to do with players enjoying being here; it’s down to him and the club. Nando is vital. He’s a game changer. We’re all right behind him. The ambition has to be to keep the best players.”

So speaks the guy who signed a contract extension this week. Would he have done that if Forestieri was on his way out?

I’m all for Chansiri’s policy of not throwing money at agents by the way.

It’s the selling that would be a killer. And not to put a damper on things but if as the season wears on there is tension over who controls buying and selling, I can imagine a scenario where it’s the manager himself who is on his way to a massive club.

Let’s not think about that for now…


The Nuts and Bolts of It


Meanwhile, building Wednesday’s present and future continues.

Carlos believes he has 7 players who are forming the strong foundations for that Premier League push.

He is now moving away from the language of building and venturing into a bit of light engineering – asking the assembled press to feed him the English words for nuts, bolts and cogs.

He has a machine, he wants to oil it, make it more efficient, fine tune it.

Glenn Loovens is among the cogs, with his leadership qualities coming in for some praise from CC:

“I was the captain of my teams often. I understand the role. Glen understands the role.”

Loosens: at the heart of the team

Loosens: at the heart of the team

With his 33rd birthday fast approaching, Loovens will be keener than most to see that Premiership dream achieved pronto.

Almen Abdi was also singled out for his understanding of the game, adapting quickly to the new surroundings at Wednesday and, CC believes, being ready to go from strength to strength and possibly regain his place in the Swiss national team.

Carlos clearly relishes rekindling the careers of talented players whose performances have stuttered. (He talked about this at length in his press conference before last Sunday’s Villa match – citing the performances coached out of Forestieri, Bannan, Hunt and Pudil last season).

It’s great for the fans to watch players find their feet and their confidence. It will be great for the club as long as SWFC’s development keeps pace with the ambitions of this newly buoyant squad.


Tom Lees Speaks. Uses the Word ‘Nucleus’!


One player who clearly feels the club’s ambitions match his own right now is Tom Lees.

Less signing his new deal

Less signing his new deal

Known as a man of few words – and short ones at that – Lees was his version of ebullient with the press today.

With his extended contract tying him to Wednesday till 2021, Lees is hoping to be spending a fair chunk of that time in the Premiership.

A bit different to what he signed up for in August 2014,  “the aim then was to avoid relegation. Now the feeling and the atmosphere have developed and I’ve developed as a player.

Lees is also encouraged by the fact players like Westwood and Lee are also committing their futures to form the nucleus of a promotion seeking squad.

And he’s full of praise for his new central defensive partner, Sam Hutchinson, hinting that they are working hard on skills and tactics with the aim of bettering last season’s impressive 17 clean sheets.

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