Sheffield Wednesday have been reaping the rewards of retaining Atdhe Nuhiu, with the side evidently improving following the striker’s return to the first-team.
The Rams, under new owner Mel Morris, haven’t been shy in getting their wallets out and opted to spend big at the end of the window, bringing in Jacob Butterfield and Bradley Johnson for club record fees.
However, their pursuit of Nuhiu never really got underway and the focus on bringing in the midfield duo meant the Owls were able to retain their striker beyond the deadline.
The former Austria U21 international may not have a prolific record in front of goal, while his tall frame and odd running style often gives the impression that he’s cumbersome and inept.
However, his sheer presence in the starting line-up frightens opposition defenders and creates space for his teammates, ultimately improving Wednesday in a number of different aspects.
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Since returning to the starting XI in September, Nuhiu has impressed in a number of key areas, illustrated above in the table provided by Opts Stats.
His average 7.8 aerial duel winners per game is among the best in the Championship, while an average 44.2 touches demonstrates how integral he is to link-up play.
The Owls have recorded three straight wins the Championship, their best run of form this season.
While Nuhiu isn’t the sole reason for their upturn in fortune and ensuing rise up the Championship table, they are certainly benefitting from his presence and look to be in good shape to challenge for the playoffs.