Sheffield Wednesday’s weekend matchwinner Giles Coke says new Owls recruit Stevie May will need time to adjust to life in the Championship.
Wednesday beat off competition from Rotherham United to sign the striker from St Johnstone for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £800,000, on Saturday.
The 21-year-old could make his Owls debut in their Capital One Cup tie with Notts County tomorrow and Coke, who scored a spectacular goal in their 1-0 triumph at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, told The Star: “Everyone needs to give him time to bed in. He’s a young boy and I’m not sure if he has ever moved away from Scotland.
“We hope he hits the ground running but we know the Championship is a hard league. I think he’s come to the right club with good supporters. We are a family club. I think he’s going to really enjoy himself.
“He’s got a great track record and hopefully he can come here and hit the ground running. We are really happy he’s joined and we can’t wait to have him involved.”
Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray, looking to sign a new wide player and a striker before the August transfer window closes, is delighted to have secured May’s services.
“He’s very keen to get into the full Scotland squad and to come to England and hit the ground running,” said Gray, who has confirmed he has placed a move for Istres midfielder Florian Tardieu on hold. “We’ve got to create chances for him. He’s got a calmness in the 18 yard box where he can pick out the corners. I’ve got every confidence he will convert them.
“I don’t think there is any pressure on Stevie. The only pressure on him will be what he puts on himself.”