Bring it on! Owls hero Nuhiu wants FA Cup big guns

GOAL... Owls Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his winning goal against Fulham
GOAL... Owls Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates his winning goal against Fulham

Striker Atdhe Nuhiu is dreaming of landing a Premier League giant in the FA Cup fourth round after helping the Owls complete a hat-trick of wins over Fulham.

The former Rapid Vienna player came off the bench to claim the decisive goal as Carlos Carvalhal’s men edged past the Cottagers 2-1 on Saturday.

Wednesday will be ball number 15 when the draw for the next round of the competition is made tonight at approximately 7.15pm on BBC One.

In reaching the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup this season, the Owls eliminated top-flight opposition in Newcastle and Arsenal.

Defeating the Gunners at a jam-packed Hillsborough has been one of the highlights of Wednesday’s campaign and Nuhiu, fresh from ending his 16-match goal drought, is keen to be paired with another one of England’s big guns.

“I don’t care who we get in the next round; I just hope we play at home,” he told The Star. “I would prefer probably a big team like Arsenal again. At a full Hillsborough, we would be very hard to beat.”

Winning strike from Owls Atdhe Nuhiu in the FA Cup  third round tie against Fulham. Photo: Steve Ellis

Winning strike from Owls Atdhe Nuhiu in the FA Cup third round tie against Fulham. Photo: Steve Ellis

He added: “Every win gives us more confidence. We are in a really good way and the team spirit is great. We have some great footballers. We are all together and hopefully, if we can continue how we are playing right now, it will be a very good season for us.”

As The Star revealed over the weekend, the Owls are expected to turn Jack Hunt’s loan into a permanent move.

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The attacking right-back is currently on a season-long loan to Wednesday from Crystal Palace but it is understood the two clubs have reached an agreement over the former Huddersfield Town trainee and a deal should be completed in the next few days.

Hunt, an unused substitute against Fulham, has featured 21 times since arriving at Hillsborough.

He could soon be joined at Wednesday by Bolton Wanderers player Mark Davies. Talks are on-going with the midfielder’s representatives after the Owls had an offer, thought to be in the region of £750,000, accepted for the 27-year-old last week.

On Davies potentially joining the Owls, Carvalhal said: “He is not our player so we don’t talk about it. I just talk about players who belong to Sheffield Wednesday. Even if you go around from the right, the left or between the legs I won’t talk about that.”