Sheffield Wednesday: Owls strike ace happy to put team success first

Atdhe Nuhiu
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Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu is unfazed by his recent goal drought, claiming his primary focus is collective success.

The Kosova-born player has gone 11 matches without a goal. His last strike came in the Owls’ 1-1 Hillsborough draw with Ipswich Town on September 30.

Nuhiu, Wednesday’s joint top-scorer with five goals in all competitions, said: “I’m not a selfish striker.

“It doesn’t matter who scores. I want to win. I would prefer if I don’t score and we win games.”

In recent weeks, Owls head coach Stuart Gray has deployed Nuhiu in a slightly deeper position.

“I always try to do my best where I play,” said the 6ft 6ins forward.

“I have a different role, playing in behind Stevie [May]. He gets the ball in front of goal more often than me.

“I’m getting the ball earlier than him. If I didn’t enjoy the role, I wouldn’t play there.”

The little and large combination of Nuhiu and May has yet to fire on a consistent basis this season. Nuhiu’s neat flick on to May in the first half of their defeat to Wolves last weekend should have culminated in the opener but the Scotland international drilled his shot narrowly wide.

Nuhiu said: “I think we have had a good partnership from the beginning and it will keep on improving.”

Wednesday have been allocated 5,000 tickets for their FA Cup third round tie at Manchester City. The tie, which will take place on Sunday, January 4, will be the second time the two clubs have played each other at the Etihad Stadium in less than four months, with City having thrashed the Owls 7-0 in the Capital One Cup.

Nuhiu, who came on as a second-half substitute in their last meeting, is looking forward to the City tie but warned: “We have three other very difficult games in front us before the City game so we need to focus on them, starting with Fulham on Saturday.”