SFA chief: Stevie May reminds me of former Liverpool striker

Scottish FA performance director Mark Wotte has compared Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May to former Dutch Footballer of the Year Dirk Kuyt.

Scotland’s FA performance director Mark Wotte, a former coach of ex-Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, has likened the Dutchman to Sheffield Wednesday new boy Stevie May.

Talking to the press ahead of Scotland’s crunch match with Georgia, Wotte commented: "He [Stevie May] is a late developer and I see a bit of similarity between Stevie and Dirk Kuyt.

"Dirk was 18, came from a non-league club to FC Utrecht where I was manager. He moved to Feyenoord, on to Liverpool, played in a World Cup final, played a Champions League final.

"The development of Stevie May is very unpredictable. He’s making steps nobody expected him to make two years ago, so he’s surprising us all the time. Nobody knows where his ceiling is.

"The good thing about Stevie is he’s a very specific player, he’s got strength and energy and scoring ability. It’s just about whether he can adapt to the next level every time. That’s the big question.

"He’s a lovely boy and I wish him all the best. I’m delighted for him he’s getting the chance to challenge himself in the Scotland squad."

The glowing report of May is likely to spark debate among Scotland fans to whether the 21-year-old could feature in their crunch match, especially after announcing his hunger for game time earlier in the week.

"You’ve got to make the most of chances that come your way," said May.

"You don’t want a time to come when you look back and think you didn’t make the most of it. That’s in my head, as it would be for anyone picked for the first time.

"I’m going to give everything I’ve got this week and see where it takes me. Hopefully it’s a successful time for me personally and Scotland too.

"I’m desperate to make the most of this week. I intend to grab the chance with both hands."

If May can get himself on the pitch in Scotland’s tie against Georgia then he will have done extremely well for himself, especially when you consider the competition.

May, who signed for Sheffield Wednesday this summer, has already been selected over the likes of Jordon Rhodes and Ross McCormack in the Scotland side, so that in itself shows progress. However, now he will have to oust two of Steven Fletcher, Steven Naismith and Chris Martin in order to get the green light on his first international cap.

At just 21 years of age, he is in fact the second youngest player selected by Strachan for the most current Scotland squad so, even if he doesn’t take to the pitch, he should keep his head held high and do everything to ensure he is continued to be selected at international level.

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