Sheffield Wednesday: Atdhe Nuhiu must learn to deal with ‘increased attention’

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Atdhe Nuhiu can expect a few more frustrating afternoons to endure according to Owls head coach Stuart Gray.

The striker was withdrawn at half time against Leeds in the previous game with Wednesday struggling to get into the game.

Gray says the towering Austrian was a victim of circumstance at Elland Road as he was given close attention by the Leeds defenders.

And he believes more and more opposition bosses will be planning for the presence of Nuhiu.

“The problem Atdhe has is that sometime the opposition will look at him, the size of him and the problems he can cause and make allowances for it.

“They will put one player in front screening him so when we do get the ball into him and receives possession, his space is already taken up.

“This is all a learning curve for him and how he comes through it.

“He was disappointed to come off at half time but he has trained very well since then.

“On that day he probably suffered from us not doing well with the ball when we were in possession.

“We didn’t get it into him quickly enough and I felt we couldn’t get a foothold in the game, partly down to that.

“Gary Madine came on and did very well, doing things a bit different to what Atdhe does, but the all round performance was much better.”

Gray confirmed that Stevie May has returned from international duty with Scotland unscathed and is in contention to retain his starting berth against Watford on Saturday.

And he believes the striker will be determined to hit the ground running against for Wednesday after failing to feature for Gordon Strachan’s side.

He said: “I would have thought Stevie will be raring to go.

“Both him and Keiren Westwood will have been disappointed to not have played for their countries in the last week but neither of them are fatigued from their trips.”