There are definite signs that Atdhe Nuhiu is beginning to get to grips with the rigours of English football.
The Albania-born forward’s fitness levels are improving and so too his hold-up play. His size will always unsettle defenders.
Nuhiu, a former Austrian under-21 international, can count himself unfortunate not have scored more than two goals in 10 appearances since joining Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer inJuly.
The 23-year-old, who spent the 2013/13 campaign on loan with Turkish side Eskisehirspor, came close to adding to his goal tally in the Championship clashes with Burnley, Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers.
Although Nuhiu has yet to find the back of the net on a consistent basis, the former Rapid Vienna player is still contributing effectively to the side. He intelligently pulled away from his marker against Ipswich Town to nod Reda Johnson’s cross back across the box into the path of Michail Antonio, who powered in his second goal of the season from close range.
“It was a great header - that’s why I had to show my appreciation to him [Nuhiu],” admitted Antonio. “All he needs to do more of is, instead of taking people on, lay it off.
“When the ball is six or seven feet in the air, he takes it down on his chest and takes players on.
“It does take pressure off defenders and midfield players. He is a great asset.”
Nuhiu, contracted to Wednesday until 2016, is a big unit. Standing at 6ft 6in tall, he is difficult to knock off the ball. While Nuhiu is not the most mobile of strikers, he has, especially at home, given Dave Jones side a focal point in the final third.
Antonio said: “He has never played in English football before. He isn’t going to know that it’s quicker, aggressive and more powerful; players are going to nudge him, which he didn’t get before.
“He’s getting better with each game he plays.”