Sheffield Wednesday: Big price tag no problem for Almen Abdi

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Sheffield Wednesday new boy Almen Abdi says he is unfazed by the price the Owls paid to take him from Watford to Hillsborough.

Wednesday’s owner, Dejphon Chansiri, is believed to have forked out £4 million for the Swiss star, but Abdi is adamant the tag won’t weigh heavily on his shoulders.

Fernando Forestieri expressed his delight after being reunited with Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil at Wednesday

Fernando Forestieri expressed his delight after being reunited with Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil at Wednesday

The 29-year-old made the move north on Wednesday, alongside fellow former Hornet Daniel Pudil - linking up with another one-time Vicarage Road favourite, Fernando Forestieri.

Like Forestieri, Abdi is keen to prove his worth early on.

“Obviously, I know I have to produce. That’s football, there is always pressure,” he said. “If you don’t play well, you are going to be on the bench. I’m 29 not 19 anymore so I can handle it.

“I will try my best from the first day.”

Abdi added: “It is a big move for me. I have lived in London and will miss it. I had been at Watford for four years.

“For me, it was time to move on. I fancied a new challenge and it is good time to get to know a new city and place.”

The six-time capped former Switzerland international is relishing the challenge of helping in Wednesday’s efforts to go one better than last season, with the Owls having been pipped to promotion by way of a Championship Play-off Final defeat to Hull City at Wembley.

“It is a very hard league. I think it is even harder this year with Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa relegated,” he added.

“I think it is going to be a very tough season but I think Sheffield Wednesday have got a very good chance.”

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