Sheffield Wednesday: Atdhe Nuhiu issues warning to Owls forward line

Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu and midfielder Barry Bannan
Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu and midfielder Barry Bannan
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Atdhe Nuhiu has warned the rest of Wednesday’s forward line he is ready to fight for the main striking berth next season.

When everybody is fit and available for selection, Wednesday boast an array of attacking talent.

Their options include Nuhiu, Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes, Fernando Forestieri, Lucas Joao and Sam Winnall.

But Nuhiu, who signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday, is unfazed by the battle for places up front.

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When asked of he is looking forward to the internal competition, he replied: “Yes, of course, otherwise I would not have signed.

“But it’s a new manager now. Everything has started from zero and everybody needs to fight for their place.

“I’m really up for it and I have shown everyone I can do it and I will do it again.”

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Nuhiu grabbed a hat-trick in the Owls’ final-day victory over Norwich City, taking his goal to 14 in all competitions. He also became the first Wednesday player to bag a treble in the second-tier since Gerald Sibon in December 2000.

Nuhiu played a pivotal role in the Owls finishing the season strongly, scoring nine goals in his last eight appearances.

“The expectations are there and it should be like that,” said the Kosovo international. “We need to have a good pre-season, work hard for each other and start the season bright, fresh and with a lot of enthusiasm and passion.

“It’s a long season. The Championship is a marathon but if you can keep the injured players fit then we have got a good and big squad and I think then we can really achieve something special.”

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