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Championship boss issues comments on ‘moaning’ Sheffield Wednesday fans



Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu isn’t having the best of seasons, he’s scored just five times in 30 appearances and is currently on an eight-game barren run.

The Kosovan international joined the Owls from Austrian side Rapid Wien in 2013 on an initial three-year deal, with an extension granted in July 2016.

He’s made 184 appearances in the blue and white of Wednesday, scoring 29 times. He’s often come under fire from his own fans, but rival manager Phil Parkinson spoke positively of his impact, in the context of the challenge he posed young defender Reece Burke.

“Sheffield Wednesday was a huge test because the player he (Burke) was marking, Atdhe Nuhiu, is a big unit who gets a load of stick from the Wednesday fans,” he told the Bolton News. “I’ve seen him come off the bench loads of times and the fans start moaning – but right now he looks like a better player, to me, because there are a lot of games in the players’ legs.”

The two sides drew 1-1 at the weekend with Nuhiu coming off after 77 minutes. George Boyd put Wednesday ahead on 78 minutes before Aaron Wilbraham equalised in injury time. That result leaves Wednesday 18th in the table, eight points clear of the bottom three and two clear of Parkinson’s Bolton in 20th.

The Verdict

It seems as though Parkinson is suggesting that Nuhiu is getting better with experience, either that or he’s better against tired players, but either way his words might be a boost for the under-fire striker. What would be a real boost, both for him and for fans at Hillsborough, is a goal or two. With relegation still possible they need goals from somewhere to assure their Championship status next season.