Sheffield Wednesday: Players help Nuhiu hit heights

Atdhe Nuhiu and Chesterfield's Ryan Edwards in an aerial challenge
Atdhe Nuhiu and Chesterfield's Ryan Edwards in an aerial challenge

Wednesday players are ready to take on the task of giving Atdhe Nuhiu the service that he will need.

That is the view of left-winger Jeremy Helan as the Owls begin to integrate the 6ft 6in centre-forward into their set-up.

Fellow wide men Jermaine Johnson and Michail Antonio, and full-backs such as Liam Palmer, Reda Johnson, Joe Mattock, Rafa Floro and Lewis Buxton will have the responsibility of ensuring that the newcomer’s height is used in the best possible way this season.

Fully intending to be among the providers, Helan said: “We have to be good at it and work for it. When there is a tall striker like that, we are the players he will look to. It is a responsibility.”

Although it is not certain that Nuhiu will play at QPR today as he builds up his fitness, boss Dave Jones sees the ex-Rapid Vienna striker as an important addition to the club’s firepower.

Jones felt that Nuhiu would have looked more impressive at Chesterfield last Saturday, when Helan did not play, if he had received better service.

Wednesday will today face a QPR squad that includes Andrew Johnson. Bobby Zamora and new £4 million signing Charlie Austin.

It will be another challenge after the conceding of avoidable goals was one of the bugbears of the first half of last season.

Jones has sought to raise standards by signing Kamil Zayatte on a free, the deal having coming 24 hours after the manager said it would not happen. But Jones’ remark may well have put pressure on the Zayatte camp and been a lever towards a deal.

A similar U-turn happened in January after Jones made it public that he understood Helan was heading for Watford, and Wednesday were out of it. But the winger still ended up coming back to Hillsborough that month and this summer he completed a £300,000 move from Manchester City.

Danny Mayor has joined Bury on loan for the whole season.