Sheffield Wednesday: Will Owls goal hero keep the shirt?

Atdhe Nuhiu and Lewis Buxton
Atdhe Nuhiu and Lewis Buxton
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Will Atdhe Nuhiu keep the shirt for Sheffield Wednesday’s trip to Bournemouth on Good Friday?

It seems a pointless question that can have only one answer in view of the fact the big striker scored two goals to help rescue a point against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

But he may not have started that game had Leon Best been available rather than ineligible to face the club who have loaned him to the Owls.

Nuhiu had been a substitute for the previous three Wednesday matches while Best has been a regular starter since the beginning of March.

It could leave head coach Stuart Gray with a ticklish little selection problem.

Nuhiu, who scored Wednesday’s first goal of the season on his debut on the opening day at QPR, had managed only four before Saturday’s double. They were his first in open play since scoring one of the six against Leeds on January 11. His other since then was the winning penalty against Middlesbrough on March 1.

But he has developed into something of a cult figure with Owls followers notably through his graft, willingness to work hard and selfless attitude. Connor Wickham is said to have acknowledged the benefit of playing alongside him.

“I train very hard every day to play at the weekend and that’s why I think people really appreciate it - not just the fans but the manager and the players,” said Nuhiu.

“Since I came here I have improved a lot, especially when Stuart Gray took the job. He believes in me; he knows because he sees me every day in training and he knows what I am able to do.

“It’s true I could have scored more goals but I think also I work hard and I put players into situations to score goals. This is also a thing that people see and they like me how I am.”

“Every time you play you don’t want to lose your shirt easily.”

Wednesday travel to a Bournemouth side who are surprise play-off contenders.

They had won their previous five before Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Yeovil and have lost only one of their last 11.