By Will Butcher
Fans couldn’t believe their eyes on Twitter after news broke that former Holland international Urby Emanuelson had signed a one-year deal with Sheffield Wednesday.
The left footer has joined the Owls, subject to international clearance, after being released from Serie A side Hellas Verona during a short stay with the relegated Italian outfit.
Sheffield Wednesday announced the signing via their official website, with the 17-time international set to wear the number 26 shirt at Hillsborough.
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) September 6, 2016
The move to Yorkshire marks Emanuelson’s second spell in England, following a short loan spell with Fulham in 2013.
Fans were left shocked by the signing, with many believing Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has pulled off a major coup by signing the versatile player.
Urby Emanuelson has played with with Suarez, Gattuso, Inzaghi, Seedorf, Nesta, Zlatan, Robinho, among others and soon…Atdhe Nuhiu #SWFC
— Brandon Egley (@BrandonEgley) September 6, 2016
— Alex Wheelhouse (@wheelhouse_alex) September 6, 2016
Who will be first choice LB now… Pudil who is a great LB or Emanuelson, unproven at this level but played at the highest level (1/2) #SWFC
— Connor #SWFC (@Conn0rSWFC) September 6, 2016
Who knows how it will go with Emanuelson, but I really like that I get to see a player I grew up knowing about from Ajax & ?? join us. #swfc
— Chris Brookes (@chris_brookes) September 6, 2016
What a signing Urby Emanuelson is ! ?? #Swfc
— Danny James Haywood (@DanJamesHaywood) September 6, 2016
Urby Emanuelson on a free is surely something of a coup for #swfc. Plenty of free agents still available.
— The Football Faculty (@thefballfaculty) September 5, 2016
@BBCSport Thought they signed Robinho for a min but Emanuelson is still suprising wtf
— M (@DatManLeroy) September 6, 2016
One fan though was more cautious, highlighting the trend of Dutch wingers that start with huge promise but don’t deliver.
Urby Emanuelson joined Sheffield Wednesday.
Dude has fallen to a new low.
Drenthe, Ola John, Ryan Babel…wtf is this.
— Deniz Andres (@Koezo123) September 6, 2016
It remains to be seen what kind of quality Emanuelson will bring to the promotion hopefuls, after making just 22 appearances in two seasons for three different clubs.
The 30-year-old, who can play on the left side of defence or in midfield, has struggled to find a home recently. He has played for Milan, Fulham, Atalanta, Verona and now Sheffield Wednesday in the last three years.
In other Sheffield Wednesday news, this former loanee has joined Championship rivals Preston on loan.