Scotland Under-21 international Stevie May is set to make his Sheffield Wednesday debut in their clash with Notts County in the Capital One Cup at Hillsborough tomorrow.
The talented striker, who has notched 67 goals in 118 career appearances, turned down Rotherham United’s advances, opting to pen a four-year deal with the Owls on Saturday. He has trained with his new teammates for the first time today.
Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has promised to field a strong side against League One side County in the first round of the competition, hinting May, signed for £800,000 from St Johnstone, will feature in the tie.
Gray said: “Stevie will want to play and the fans will want him to. I’m pleased to have him in the building. I felt on Saturday after we went 1-0 up versus Brighton that we were in control and he is the type of player who could have got the second goal and given us a bit more breathing space in the last 10 minutes.
“I’ve brought Stevie in because he is a team player. He will work his socks off. We defend from the front. He will close centre-halves down. He will make bad balls into good balls but he’s also got the skill to put the ball in the back of the net which hopefully he will do with us. He will give 100 per cent for the cause.
“Stevie has proven he is a 20 goal striker. He has scored goals in abundance. We have to create chances for him.”
Gray said he was pleased to pick up three points on the opening day at Brighton and to keep a clean sheet against a side who “will be there or thereabouts”.
The Wednesday chief has no new injury concerns ahead of their tussle with County.
Gray, chasing a new winger and centre-forward, said: “I always treat the cup competitions with the respect they deserve so I will be putting a strong team out to play against Notts County. Winning breeds confidence.”
Jeremy Helan (torn abductor) is expected to resumer full training on Thursday. Lewis Buxton has had a second injection in his knee but he will not be available for selection for tomorrow. Striker Caolan Lavery remains a long-term absentee.