AN almost unrecognisable Nejc Pecnik has raised his fortunes with a two-goal salvo for his country.
The Owls midfielder, who has had his long hair cut short, has not started a Wednesday game for six weeks and was only on the Slovenia bench for their friendly against Macedonia in Skopje.
But he was sent on for the second half and helped his team to make a fight of it. Slovenia were trailing 2-0 after goals in the 26th and 41st minutes; then four minutes into the second half Pecnik met a left-side cross at the far post to volley low into the net.
Macedonia made it 3-1 in the 51st minute but the Wednesday player struck again 13 minutes later, taking a digonal ball from the left and getting in behind the defence to place another low effort past the keeper.
It is a boost for the 26-year-old who moved to Hillsborough from Portuguese club Nacional in the summer.
He can only hope for a return to the Owls side, in view of the competition for places in his positions of midfield or up front.
Pecnik began the season in the team but has started only four league games, the last of which was the 3-3 draw at Burnley last month.
He is not the only Wednesday midfielder to have adopted a new look: David Prutton was well known for his long hair but had it cut.
Prutton is on loan at Scunthorpe. He is serving a three-match ban for a sending-off and has only one game left in this three-month stay with the Iron - at Doncaster a week tomorrow.
Scunthorpe and ex-Owls manager Brian Laws has said: “He’s going to be a big loss.”
Laws tomorrow faces the first home game of his latest Iron reign, against Notts County.