Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal explains what striker Atdhe Nuhiu brings to Owls side

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The Austrian bagged the winner during the FA Cup third round tie with Fulham at the weekend.

Carlos Carvalhal believes that goal-shy striker Atdhe Nuhiu brings enough to Sheffield Wednesday's side to make up for his struggles in front of goal, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 26-year-old has not been prolific during his time at Hillsborough, but did score the winner during the club's FA Cup third round tie against Championship rivals Fulham on Saturday. And Carvalhal felt it was a good opportunity to outline all the other attributes that Nuhiu does bring to the side. 

"Atdhe hadn't scored for a while but he works hard, wins a lot of balls in the air and disturbs the opponents,” he told The Star. "He opens spaces for his colleagues."

"As many as two or three defenders have ended up marking him in some games. That's why Fernando [Forestieri] and Gary Hooper have space to create goals because of this kind of work."

The strike against the Cottagers was just the fourth that the Austrian has managed this season in all competitions, which has left him well behind Fernando Forestieri and Lucas Joao in the goalscoring charts for the Owls this term. 

But as Carvalhal alluded to, he is perhaps the most daunting player in the Wednesday squad for opponents to come up against. His height and strength makes him the perfect target man, which allows for the other creative players in the squad to work off him as defenders attempt to mark him out of the game. 

Nevertheless, with Wednesday just outside the Championship play-off positions, Carvalhal will be hoping that Nuhiu's goal against Fulham is a catalyst for many more before the end of the campaign. 

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