Sam Winnall has claimed that Sheffield Wednesday’s players were sad to see Lucas Joao sold to Reading.

Joao left Hillsborough in a deal which it is claimed could eventually be worth £7 million to the Owls, a week ago.

And the Portuguese striker picked up where he left off, scoring on his debut for Reading seven days after he found the net for the final time as a Wednesday player against his new employers.

Winnall is one of the Owls attackers likely to benefit from Joao’s exit, but told the Sporting Life podcast his former teammate will be missed.

Discussing Reading’s chances this season, Winnall said: “Lucas has just gone there.

“He could be unbelievable. He’s got so, so much talent. And we were all sad to see him go, because he’s a great guy.

“But the talent that’s within him is unbelievable. I know he’s gone for a good transfer fee, but no-one’s really talking about him that much and he could genuinely be the difference for them this year.

“He’s got a great talent. He’s got everything in his locker to be a really, really good player. And hopefully, with a consistent run of games, he can show that on a consistent basis.”

Joao in action for Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Joao’s departure allowed Sheffield Wednesday to finance three new signings on the final day of the summer transfer window.

One of those, the on-loan Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy, scored on his debut too, as the Owls beat Barnsley 2-0 on Saturday.

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