Sheffield Wednesday: Stevie May likened to former Liverpool ace Dirk Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt
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Owls striker Stevie May says he is flattered to be likened to former Dutch Footballer of the Year Dirk Kuyt.

During the October international break, Mark Wotte, Scotland’s FA performance director, compared May to ex-Liverpool star Kuyt in terms of both players being late developers.

Stevie May

Stevie May

May, an £800,000 signing from St Johnstone, commented: “Any comparison like that is good for me and highly welcomed. Dirk has played at the highest level so it’s nice to have even been talked like that.

“But I still need to keep working. I am young and looking to improve. My goal is to push on and try and progress even more.”

It was just over a week ago May made his international debut for Scotland. He came on as a second-half substitute in their 3-1 friendly defeat to England.

He said: “I didn’t know I was going to be play but I knew there was a higher chance in that game with there being six substitutes. It was in my mind that it would be probably be the best chance I would get to make my debut.

“It was a dream come true to get on. It’s something as a boy you always look to achieve. It was an added bonus it came against England. My debut for the Under-21s was against them too.

“It is always something that I will have now and no one can ever take away from me that I have played for my country.

“The boys were down after losing to England but the main goal was to get three points in the qualifier versus the Republic of Ireland which we managed to do.”

May, who earned eight caps for the Under-21s, is keen to become an integral part of the Scotland set-up.

He said: “It’s been great to be part of the last couple of squads. I got to know everyone in the first squad and saw what it involves. In the second, I got my head down and started to work harder. You get used to it.

“It’s something I want to be part of for as long as possible and I’ve got to try and look to add to that one cap.”

The diminutive forward is convinced playing Championship football has mentally and physically prepared him for the international stage.

“It’s definitely helped me,” said May, who has registered three goals since joining Wednesday. “I’ve faced different opponents and styles of play.

“I came down here at the right time. I don’t know if that helped get me a call-up but I’m delighted with where I am at the moment. It has come around even quicker for me than what I could have imagined considering a couple of years ago I was still in the first division with Hamilton.”

Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France but May is confident they can qualify for the 2016 European Championships.

“It could happen,” he said. “We’ve got as good a chance as any with three teams qualifying from the group.”

Chesterfield assistant boss Leam Richardson revealed yesterday the Spireites were turned down in their bid to sign Owls midfielder Paul Corry on loan.

“Paul is a player we rate highly and we would bring him to the club if the opportunity arose,” Richardson said.