Liam Palmer has launched a staunch defence of Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Stevie May, who has notched just three goals in 15 games since moving from Scotland.
The 21-year-old, a £800,000 buy from St Johnstone, has failed to find the back of the net in his last seven starts - but Palmer is backing the misfiring striker to rediscover his best form.
He told The Star: “Things will start to fall for Stevie if he keeps on getting into the positions and carries on making the runs and working hard for the team. It is only a matter of time.
“He had two or three chances against Brentford. On another day, he would have got a hat-trick. It is just that little bit of luck. “As long as he keeps working hard, which he will because it’s in his nature, and not let it get him down, he will start firing.”
May scored 67 goals in 118 games before moving to Hillsborough and earned his first call-up to the Scotland senior squad recently, although he played no part in the Scots’ European Championship 2016 qualifiers with Georgia and Poland.
“I’ve been impressed with Stevie,” Palmer added.
“I knew of him from his days up in Scotland. They loved him there - he was the next big protégé. I’m glad we could get him in and he showed earlier in the season what he can do. If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he will go far.”
Seven Owls players, including skipper Glenn Loovens, Palmer and Atdhe Nuhiu, will sign autographs and pose for pictures at a special half-term meet and greet at the club’s Megastore tomorrow, starting at 2pm.