Sheffield Wednesday boss Xisco Munoz has heaped praise on new recruit Juan Delgado after landing him this week. The player has become the first Chilean to ever play for the Owls after signing terms at Hillsborough this week.

The 30-year-old has been playing for Pacos Ferreira in Portugal most recently. During the 2022/23 campaign, he made 34 appearances as a right-back or right-sided wing-back and was cautioned 13 times.

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Delgado didn’t play last night as the Owls continued a bleak pre-season by losing 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers. He will, however, look to get his first taste of English football against Luton this weekend.

The experienced player has also turned out for Colo-Colo, Club Necaxa, Tondela and Gimnastic during a pretty colourful career. He’s also been capped five times for Chile, scoring one goal.

Munoz thinks he’s made a wonderful addition to his squad. After last night’s game at Doncaster, he ran the rule of his new recruit and he’s pleased to get the deal over the line.

He told The Star: “Juan is an international for Chile, and he can play in a few positions – full-back, winger, as a number 10 or number 8, and he’s a player who is aggressive and consistent.

“Right now, that’s what we want, consistency – I’m very happy with him, he was a very good choice for us – and now it’s time for Juan to improve. The faster that can happen, the better for our squad.”

Munoz heaps praise on Delgado and it will be interesting to see him in action for Wednesday

There’s always an element of intrigue when unknown quantities are added. Delgado deserves a chance at Wednesday though and he should be afforded that by the fan base.

On paper, he looks like a decent addition. As Munoz alludes to, he can play in a few positions and that versatility could prove very useful indeed.

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It’s fair to say that Wednesday could do with Delgado hitting the ground running. It’s been a poor pre-season for the club and a lift would be a bonus for the fans.

Munoz knows there is a lot of work to do. The proof will be in the performances when it comes to Delgado and hopefully, the Owls will get a taste for what he can do on Saturday.

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