Sheffield Wednesday defender Jack Hunt believes Atdhe Nuhiu is vital to Owls' promotion hopes

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The Austrian has scored just twice in the Championship this season.

Jack Hunt believes that Atdhe Nuhiu will be vital to Sheffield Wednesday's hopes of securing promotion to the Premier League this season, despite the striker's lack of goals for the club, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 26-year-old has scored just 18 times in 107 league games for the Owls, and has managed just four strikes this season in all competitions. But Hunt believes that his teammate brings plenty of other important attributes to Carlos Carvalhal's side, even if his goals tally is not that impressive.

"Attey takes a lot of stick because he is not as quick or as sharp as smaller players but I get to see him in training every day so know he's a great footballer. He plays brilliantly and scores goals," he told the Star.

"When he's not scoring goals, I think his hold up play is good. He links our smaller, trickier players like Barry Bannan, Fernando Forestieri, Kieran Lee and Ross Wallace.

"Attey is so instrumental for them because when the ball goes up to him, he can hold the ball up and they can make runs. They know nine times out of 10 he's going to find them.

"You need people like that in your team and squad. If we are going to get promoted, Atdhe is going to be massive for us."

As Hunt suggests, his ability in the air means that opponents often have to give him extra attention, which can allow for some of the other, more technically-gifted members of the squad to go undetected.

The former Rapid Vienna forward proved how valuable he can be during the club's recent victory over play-off rivals Birmingham City, that helped propel Wednesday into the division's top six. 

His introduction on the hour-mark allowed for Carvalhal's men to adopt a change in strategy, and it reaped rewards as it was Nuhiu who set up Gary Hooper for the equaliser, before the former Norwich man bagged the winner two minutes later. 

And while Carvalhal will know that Nuhiu is unlikely to bag goals at the same rate as Hooper or Fernando Forestieri, having him in the squad is likely to benefit the side enormously as they try to maintain their position in the promotion mix. 

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