We’ve all seen wasteful strikers consigned to the bin over the years, often with the lid slammed down by terrace abuse. At Sheffield Wednesday, Atdhe Nuhiu needs goals but is proving a refreshing exception to the rule.
When you look at his record (nine goals in 47 appearances), and the evidence of this season’s early games, the big Austrian could be labelled a serial squanderer. But you never give up on an out-and-out trier who wears his heart on his sleeve.
Atdhe is always “at it.” And the supporters are not at him. Besides, he has attributes beyond physique, bustle and nuisance. Nuhiu holds the ball up well, makes good runs, has a decent touch.
If he could combine that with the basics of putting routine chances inside a large oblong frame he would be the real deal.
As perhaps he still can be with the obvious encouragement of Stuart Gray and the crowd.
It’s in that spirit that Gray’s squad has pulled together wonderfully so far. It doesn’t mask the need for deeper strength in most areas but, considering the likes of Lee, Lavery, and Buxton being out,
it’s a great start notwithstanding Millwall’s late equaliser against a still unbeaten side.