This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Sheffield Wednesday kept up the pressure on the play-off chasing sides in the Championship as they beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 at the weekend.
A brace from Steven Fletcher and a late goal from Atdhe Nuhiu proved to be enough for Garry Monk’s side on the day, as they moved to within two points of the play-off places.
Nuhiu’s performance on the day will please the Owls boss, and he could be facing a potential selection dilemma heading into the hectic festive period of the Kosovo international can build on this recent showing.
Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Louis Muhsin issued his thoughts on Nuhiu’s performance against Lee Bowyer’s men, and highlighted the attributes that the striker brings to the team when included.
“I thought Nuhiu did well against Charlton. When you have two up top in Nuhiu and Fletcher, you haven’t got pace but they can bully defenders and you have to play to their strengths and with the likes of Bannan and Harris on the pitch, crosses were never going to be in short supply whether from deep or from the byline. Both scored great headers and justified Garry Monk’s selection and set up.
“The problem is it doesn’t always work with those two up front, mainly because of the lack of pace and that’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a change for the Brentford game, although Nuhiu could feel hard done by of he does get dropped.”
The regular punter felt that the strike partnership of Steven Fletcher and Nuhiu could work in the future, but felt that the 30-year-old needs to be more consistent in his performances.
“I think him and Fletcher could work with Fletch winning the headers and knock downs in and around the area.
“Nuhiu has proven he can play as one of the two strikers and done well in games such as Middlesbrough and Charlton but it doesn’t seem to consistently work at the moment, hence why he’s been in and out of the team and Monk has flitted between playing a lone striker and a pairing.”
Nuhiu is out of contract at the end of this year’s campaign, and he’ll be keen to earn a new deal at Hillsborough as the season progresses, with Sheffield Wednesday well in contention for a top-six finish.
Muhsin went on to admit that he thinks the forward could be in line for a one-year deal in the summer, but wouldn’t be surprised if Garry Monk trimmed his striking options, with competition for places fierce in the Owls squad at this moment in time.
“It’s a funny one with Nuhiu. If he did get a contract, it wouldn’t in my opinion be any longer than a one-season deal. He’s not a 15-20 goal striker and isn’t used from the start too much.
“But he does have an affect on games, especially when you need a goal and he’s available off the bench. Defenders don’t want to see him coming on to wrestle with when they’ve put a shift in for 70 minutes.
“But it depends on the route Garry Monk takes with signings. We haven’t got any real young or pacy strikers at the club and with the likes of Nuhiu, Forestieri, Winnall and Fletcher out of contract in the summer, Monk might see it as an opportunity to bring the average age down and freshen things up.”