Sheffield Wednesday: Nuhiu seeks pals’ help

Atdhe Nuhiu, right, and Jose Semedo, left, in action against Burnley
Atdhe Nuhiu, right, and Jose Semedo, left, in action against Burnley
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Atdhe Nuhiu is looking for a bit of help from his new friends as he bids to increase his impact at Hillsborough.

The striker who today seeks his first home goal for the Owls shares Dave Jones’ view that he needs good service in order to thrive.

Nuhiu would like more of the sort of crosses that almost gave him headed goals against Burnley and Leeds to follow the one that he struck with his left foot at QPR.

The ex-Rapid Vienna target man also accepts, however, that it is up to him to improve his match fitness, after his lack of a full pre-season, and to adjust to the physical nature of the English game.

“The Burnley goalkeeper made a great save from my header,” he said, “and another header from a very good cross went just outside the post; I thought it was going in; how it didn’t, I don’t know.

“Like with the goal I scored at QPR, sometimes you can show your individual class, but you need your team-mates; this is most important. These kind of balls can make me dangerous in the air.”

He also went close to heading home a corner at Leeds: “The coaches told me I was really unlucky,” he said.

“This is football: sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes not but the good thing is that you get the chances, and if it means you are dangerous in this area, people have to look for you.

“I hope I will score this weekend but the most important thing is that we win.

“It is not just Atdhe Nuhiu on the pitch. There are 10 other players there, We have to fight together and play together. In the end, who scores is not important; the result is important. But, of course, being a striker, I feel I need to score.”

Nuhiu thinks that his fitness is getting better and that his game will improve.

He also says that he has received the sort of treatment from defenders which would be punished in Europe: “The referees here don’t give so many fouls for me,

“The defenders are really fighting against me. I have to improve and maybe be much stronger.”

The Owls have boosted their front line by securing the season-long loan of Switzerland under 21 international Andelko Savic from Sampdoria.