Fear no Preston player says Owls’ Atdhe

Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May
Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May

Atdhe Nuhiu says Preston North End have no individual to hurt Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon – including former team mate Stevie May.

But the Austrian forward says there should be no underestimating the Lilywhites as a unit despite their struggles so far this season.

Nuhiu was pressed on the presence of former Owls in the Preston squad, including forwards May and Will Keane, and said: “I’m not really focusing about them.

“I don’t think they really have an individual who can hurt us.

“We are wary of all their team. There are quite a few players we have to be aware of but I think our defenders know how to manage them.”

Nuhiu does not feel May has a point to prove on his return to Hillsborough today.

The Scottish international scored seven goals in 42 appearances for the Owls after a move last summer for a reported £800,000. He was sold to Preston for a reported fee of £1million last month.

Nuhiu said: “I don’t think he has something to prove.

“I think he has done well.

“Things move fast in football and the Preston manager worked hard to get him.

“We know Stevie. He chose to move to Preston and I wish him all the best and I’m sure he will do well there.

“It will be good to see him.”

May has made four appearances for Preston so far and has yet to score while former loanee Keane has one goal in ten appearances.

Preston have managed just one league win since their promotion to the Championship and head to Hillsborough sitting 22nd in the table.

But Nuhiu said there should be no complacency from the Owls who are on a run of three consecutive wins.

“There is not an easy game in this league,” Nuhiu said.

“We need to be careful but we need to use the momentum that we have got.

“We have a lot of confidence but we can’t forget it’s a very hard game.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground. We have big confidence after three wins but we need to be very careful.

“If we play like we have done in the last three games, I think we will win.”