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.
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.
One fan though was more cautious, highlighting the trend of Dutch wingers that start with huge promise but don’t deliver.
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.