Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed a decent start to the season under manager Stuart Gray, picking up 16 points from the opening ten games of the season, leaving the Owls in ninth place and just two points off the top six. Tuesday night's game with Ipswich Town was a frustrating one though, as whilst Wednesday took the lead through Atdhe Nuhiu, Ipswich found a leveller through Jonathan Williams to earn a 1-1 draw.
Drawing after being in front is always an irritant for fans, players and the manager, but especially at home. After the game, a number of Wednesday fans complained that Gray had pushed new £800,000 striker Stevie May out wide, leaving Nuhiu up front - which didn't work as the Tractor Boys left Yorkshire with a point.
It seems that Gray felt the midfield needed more stability so he went to a five-man system there, but with a Yorkshire derby against Leeds United coming up this weekend, it's imperative that he goes back to 4-4-2 with Nuhiu and May leading the line.
The duo form the classic 'big man, little man' combination; former Rapid Vienna man Nuhiu is the prototypical target man, standing at 6ft 6in and possessing outstanding aerial ability, whilst May is a diminutive livewire who doesn't let defenders rest and is often on the shoulder of the last man looking to get in behind.
We've already seen how this can work; takes this clip against Middlesbrough for example. The ball is sent long into Nuhiu, who heads the ball on and May anticipates the flick on before lofting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. Wednesday were 3-0 up at one point that day, and whilst the defence conceded two late penalties, May and Nuhiu showed why the 'big man, little man' notion has been engrained in football - particularly in the lower leagues - for some time now.
The last time Leeds travelled to Hillsborough, they were hammered 6-0, and Nuhiu got himself on the scoresheet then too. It's one thing to set up defensively in the second half when a team are searching for an equaliser, but with Leeds not quite finding their feet under new manager Darko Milanic, Wednesday should be looking to attack from the off.
Diagonal long balls and crosses need to be a staple of the Wednesday attack with May looking to feed off Nuhiu, and whilst it may not be fashionable or attractive on the eye, Nuhiu and May have already shown an understanding to play that way - and if they can replicate what they did against Middlesbrough, then Leeds could have their hands full on Saturday.