Sheffield Wednesday: Almen Abdi backed to earn international recall

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Almen Abdi has been backed to win back his place in the Switzerland national squad.

It has been over seven years since the attacking midfielder picked up the last of his six Swiss cap.

But Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal thinks Abdi possesses the attributes to shine on the international stage.

Carvalhal told The Star: “I think Almen can get back in his national team, the level which he will play. The same thing happened with Daniel (Pudil) also.

“He has talent, and he can show the talent that he has here.”

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Carvalhal said he was pleased with Abdi’s contribution in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa but says there is more to come from the former Watford man. Abdi is expected to be restored to the starting line-up at Norwich City tomorrow.

“It’s not easy for a player to come from outside, and be in our dynamic for just a few days,” explained Carvalhal. “It can be very hard.

“The players understand exactly what want, what to do, and when a new player arrives, it’s not easy. It’s normal that they make some mistakes, some of them can be strange ones on the pitch.

“But some footballers understand the game, and Abdi is one of those players who understands the game.

“He was not 100 per cent, although I was very, very happy with him, but we expect in the future he will get better.”

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The Portuguese chief is predicting a “very tough game” at Carrow Road, describing the Canaries as “one of the strongest sides in the competition”. And although the club’s recruitment drive is far from over, Carvalhal is happy with the progress they have made.

Carvalhal said: “We have a good team, good dynamic, and the players coming in are improving the team and give us more options.

“If you think of a football team as a machine, you must all the time put oil on the team.

“Get the machine working better, make it more efficient.

“We have the pieces, the machine started working last season, and in this moment we started to care about the bolts and make the machine better.”

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