Sheffield Wednesday: May will come good, insists Owls chief

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Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, has warned Championship defenders to expect to see the best of Stevie May after a tough start to his Wednesday career.

Big things were expected of the striker after the Owls pipped local rivals Rotherham United to his signature last August.

Wednesday splashed out £800,000 to sign May from St Johnstone but he has found goals hard to come by, hitting the back of the net just seven times in 35 appearances.

Despite May’s goal shortage, Gray is convinced he be a big hit in England, as long as he gets a full pre-season under his belt.

“It has been a big learning curve for Stevie, coming from Scotland and getting used to the physicality of the league,” said Gray. “He knows he should have move goals but he’s not the only forward who will be saying that.

“Stevie scored 27 goals in Scotland last season and could easily have 12 to 14 goals with the chances we have created for him. He hasn’t meant to miss them on purpose but the good thing is he’s been in there or thereabouts.

“I still think once he’s had a full pre-season with us he will get fitter and stronger and be a big player for us next season.”

May, who has been included in the Scotland squad for their fixtures with Northern Ireland and Gibraltar later this month, is likely to get the nod to partner Atdhe Nuhiu up front at Wolves tonight, with Will Keane sidelined by an ankle injury he sustained in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Fulham.

Keane has returned to his parent club Manchester United to receive treatment while Wednesday’s medical team are assessing Liam Palmer (ankle). The duo had scans yesterday but it is not yet know how long they will be out of action for.

In the absence of Palmer, Marnick Vermijl is expected to deputise at full-back.

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