Sheffield Wednesday: Nuhiu sets Owls goal target

Atdhe Nuhiu
Atdhe Nuhiu

In-form striker Atdhe Nuhiu is aiming to beat his best-ever tally of 11 goals in a season.

The former Rapid Vienna player, who is set to lead Wednesday’s attack when they entertain Preston North End this weekend, has netted three times in his last seven outings.

Nuhiu, embarking on his third campaign with the Owls, told The Star: “In the first year I came, I scored quite a few goals in one month and then I scored more goals in my second year. We will see what happens but I think I am in a good way.

“I would like to do better than what I did last season but if I only score five goals and we go up then I will take that as well.”

Despite his recent goal-scoring exploits, Nuhiu has, for the vast majority of his Wednesday career, received criticism from a minority of fans for failing to find the back of the net on a consistent basis. Since moving to English football, the 26-year-old averages just shy of a goal every four matches.

But Nuhiu has insisted: “This is my third year at Wednesday and Carlos [Carvalhal] is my third manager. What the statistics say is that I have always been playing under the three managers so that means I am doing a lot of good stuff here. If the manager had someone better than me, then he would play him.

“It (criticism) doesn’t affect me. The manager gives me a lot of confidence and he appreciates what I do. The most important thing is that I am doing what he wants.”

Although the Owls are in good form, Nuhiu says they can ill-afford to take Preston lightly on Saturday.

“When you win three times in a row, it puts everybody in a good mood but we are staying focused,” he admitted. “There’s a long way to go this season.”

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