Liam Hoden: Scotland call could be just what was needed to boost Stevie May
It has been a positive couple of months so far for the 21-year-old since crossing the border and arriving at Hillsborough.
But there is no denying the feeling that there is plenty more to come from the diminutive striker – a pair of gilt-edged chances missed at Leeds are fresh in the memory.
May has yet to properly find his feet in the Championship, yet to demonstrate the sort of confidence that brought him 27 goals in the Scottish top flight last term.
An improvement in the standard of opposition defenders will see to that, denying him the time on the ball that allowed him to find the space and pick his spot for so many of his most recent goal haul for St Johnstone.
But there are other factors to consider. His burgeoning partnership with Atdhe Nuhiu that has yet to look truly fluid being one.
And then there is his confidence.
If his confidence was in need of a boost, he surely got that on his first senior call up for Scotland – despite being an unused substitute in both of their matches over the past week.
The fact he was selected immediately after graduating from the U21 was a major plus.
But it is the plaudits he has received since joining up with the senior squad that should see May’s ego boosted.
Everton forward Steve Naismith spoke of the pressure he is feeling from May’s presence in the squad. Pundits were free with their praise for the hard work he put in during his time with the Tartan Army.
And he has returned to a wave of praise from boss Stuart Gray who is adamant trips away without game time will soon be a thing of the past for May.
There is also the reflected glory to come from May being part of a successful Scotland squad, one that for the first time in 18 years looks set to qualify for an international tournament.
Gray says Perth-born May has been buoyant since returning to training with the Owls this week.
And that should be music to the ears for those expecting a big performance from the little forward.