Sheffield Wednesday: Stevie May set for intense derby day spotlight

Stevie May
Stevie May

Every derby game has its pre-match talking point.

For the latest clash between the Owls and Rotherham, that talking point has been Stevie May.

From the moment the diminutive striker opted to join Wednesday, just a day after lengthy talks with the Millers, November 8 was always going to be a day where he would find himself squarely in the spotlight.

And after two games consigned to the substitutes bench following an unproductive run, May looks almost certain to return to the Owls’ starting XI for today’s derby.

“He is fully fit and has got over a virus,” head coach Stuart Gray said. “It’s a great opportunity for him to be involved on Saturday on the back of being called up by Scotland. We’ll see if he takes it.”

Despite his time out of the starting line up, May this week received his second call up to the senior Scotland squad ahead of clashes with Republic of Ireland and England.

Gray has backed the 22-year-old to improve on his three goals for the club after an eight game barren spell.

He said: “I scouted him when he was up in Scotland. I know he can score goals.

“He will be disappointed because he knows he’s had opportunities in various games to get us the win.

“But I can’t fault his effort, commitment and workrate.

“He will get better.”

Royston Drenthe’s absence should allow May to slot back into the side with Gray likely to opt for a 4-4-2 formation.

Drenthe is suspended after his red card against Bournemouth in midweek.

Gray confirmed that Kamil Zayatte, Lewis Buxton and Caolan Lavery will all be unavailable for selection this afternoon.

But he is confident Buxton and Zayatte will be fit to face Huddersfield after the international break.