Sheffield Wednesday: Owls strikers seek Best role

Atdhe Nuhiu is one of the forwards hoping to take over from Leon Best
Atdhe Nuhiu is one of the forwards hoping to take over from Leon Best

Stuart Gray is hoping for a happy event against Blackburn tomorrow though Leon Best - father of newly born twins - will not be playing.

The Owls boss regards the striker’s absence as an opportunity for one of his other forwards.

Gray also feels Best - ineligible because he is on loan from Rovers - has already benefited the team with his four goals and influence on and off the pitch.

“It opens the door for somebody else to keep their place in the team,” he said.

“I just know he’s come in and helped us; he’s got four goals and passed on his knowledge; he’s good in the dressing room, a talker on the pitch.”

Gray looks set to pick from Atdhe Nuhiu, Benik Afobe and Caolan Lavery to fill the gap as he seeks a return to winning home form.

Best’s fiancee gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, on Wednesday night. He also has a son, aged two.

Gray also said: “we’re probably seeing the best of Leon now that he’s match fit; he’s done quite well.”