Sheffield Wednesday: Almen Abdi WILL get us goals, say Barry Bannan

Almen Abdi has had a difficult start to his Sheffield Wednesday career
Almen Abdi has had a difficult start to his Sheffield Wednesday career
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Barry Bannan is backing Almen Abdi to come good, despite the Swiss international’s indifferent start to his Owls career.

Big things were expected of Abdi after Wednesday splashed out £4m to sign the attacking midfielder from Premier League side Watford last month.

Barry Bannan is backing Almen Abdi to score goals for Sheffield Wednesday

Barry Bannan is backing Almen Abdi to score goals for Sheffield Wednesday

But the 29-year-old has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings and been taken off at half-time in each of the Owls’ last two matches.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal cited tiredness as a reason why he brought Abdi off at Burton Albion.

Against Leeds United, Carvalhal said Abdi suffered a shoulder injury.

Despite being regarded as a central midfielder, Abdi has mainly been playing out wide on the flanks since moving to Hillsborough.

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Bannan told The Star: “I saw a lot of Almen in the Premier League.

“He was really good for Watford and I was surprised that they let him go. He’s a good footballer.

“It takes time to settle, but Almen is a great lad and will get us goals as well from what I have seen of him.

“He’s very good technically and gets into goal-scoring positions and hopefully he can chip in with a few.”

Wednesday go to Brentford on Saturday chasing their first win since the opening weekend of the campaign.

Bannan said: “We are quietly confident (we can do well). We have improved the squad from last season with the new signings and are going to be stronger.

“But the league has got a lot harder as well with the teams who have gone down and ones who are trying to get in the Premier League and up the league.”