Sheffield Wednesday: Rival boss hails ‘bargain’ May

Owls striker Stevie May

Owls striker Stevie May

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Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon is wary of the threat Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May will pose at Hillsborough this afternoon.

The Northern Irishman is a big admirer of May, having watched the Scotland international find the back of the net on a consistent basis north of the border.

May plundered 27 goals for St Johnstone last season, prompting the Owls to spend £800,000 on his services at the start of the 2014/15 season. However, the 22-year-old has struggled in front of goal since moving to English football, hitting just five goals in 27 appearances.

But Lennon, who led Celtic to three league titles and two Scottish Cups in his four years in charge of the Scottish giants, is convinced May will prove to be a “bit of a bargain” in the long-term.

He said: “Stevie May came in from St Johnstone and I know him very well from my time in Scotland; he’s a handful.

“He’s always on the move. He’s got great energy and an eye for a goal. St Johnstone will tell you they’ve missed him big time.

“They had a great season last year and won the Scottish Cup and he played a huge part in that, breaking into the Scotland team.

“Coming to England will be good for him and he’s at a good club.

“He’s non-stop in his performances. I think they paid £800,000 for him and I think that’s probably a good bit of business for Sheff Wednesday. He could be a bit of a bargain.”

Owls head coach Stuart Gray could decide to keep faith with the same starting line-up who triumphed 2-0 at Nottingham Forest last weekend, meaning Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker may be on the substitutes bench again.

The England Under-20 international, signed on a youth loan deal from the Blues, is poised to remain at Hillsborough for the remainder of the campaign.

Lennon, who succeeded Dougie Freedman at the helm in October, has revealed Bolton tried to sign Baker before Wednesday nipped in and pipped them and Nottingham Forest to his signature.

“It was just finance more than anything else,” he said. “We had him [Baker] here and at the training ground but finance dictated and he ended up somewhere else.

“We knew there was interest from other clubs but they were able to get the deal done and we weren’t.

“I wish Lewis every success but if he plays against us I hope he’s on the losing team. He’s one we’ve missed out on but there are plenty others.”

Lennon, who has confirmed the club are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Kris Commons, could hand a start to Kevin McNaughton at right-back, moving Josh Vela into midfield.

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