Sheffield Wednesday: A hair-raising partnership

Owls strike force Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May
Owls strike force Atdhe Nuhiu and Stevie May

Is the key to success for the Owls’ strike partnership driven by Samson-like luscious locks?

Well, despite sporting hair on the longer side, Atdhe Nuhiu isn’t about to test such a theory by growing his to match the length of mane of fellow forward Stevie May.

“I won’t grow it as long as Stevie but well will see how long it is going to grow,” Nuhiu said with a trademark grin.

While not quite ready to get a matching haircut with his strike partner, Nuhiu says he is delighted with the state of his burgeoning relationship with May.

Since diminutive Scottish forward May arrived at Hillsborough, he and Nuhiu have started every league game together.

There has been some concern from a section of supporters over the compatibility of the pair – with four goals between them in six league starts – and a desire to add another option from the loan market to the Owls’ forward line.

But Nuhiu insists he and May complement each other well and the partnership – like his hair for now – will only continue to grow.

He said: “I am very positive about my partnership with Stevie.

“I think our communication is really good with each other.

“Against Birmingham I gave him a pass to score the first goal.

“I have already given him two assists so maybe he can give me one back.

“It’s difficult for teams to mark us. “We have one player tall and strong, the other quicker and sharper, so they always have to watch out for us as we can punish them in any situation.”

Coming to the aid of his brother-in-arms earned Nuhiu a bizarre yellow card at Birmingham on Tuesday night.

With May laid injured, Nuhiu caught a high ball to stop play and was immediately booked by referee James Adock.

“I didn’t know about this rule,” he said.

“I saw Stevie down for maybe a minute.

“Nobody wanted to put the ball out, so I caught it.

“The referee gave me the yellow card.

“I didn’t know, so I won’t do it again.”