Sheffield Wednesday’s Atdhe Nuhiu could prove a handful vs England

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Sheffield Wednesday’s current season takes a short break from league action as Euro 2020 qualifying amongst other international competitions takes centre stage.

The Owls are sat eighth in the Championship table, three points behind a playoff position, and eight points behind their next opponents, the league-leading West Bromwich Albion.

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This two-week hiatus gives manager Garry Monk an opportunity to iron out some of the problems his side have faced in recent weeks, most notably, their lack of game management as in three of their last five matches, his team have thrown away some form of valuable points.

Although, the 40-year-old will be without those on international duty, and one player could well be in line to start on Sunday when England play Kosovo.

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Some of those at Hillsborough may find their loyalties divided as Atdhe Nuhiu has a very good chance of starting against the Three Lions at the Pristina City Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur-linked (Fanatik per Aksam) striker Vedat Muriqi has withdrawn from the squad with an ankle injury, and there’s only one other player fit to play the role other than the Wednesday colossus.

Will Monk guide the Owls to the playoffs?

Yes

Yes

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Nuhiu’s physical advantage could make him the ideal choice against an England side that has probably never faced such a threat before.

At 6 foot 6, the 30-year-old towers above pretty much every player on the pitch whenever he features – this season, he has won a total of 58 aerial duels at an average of 4.8 per game, via WhoScored.

England have a wide choice of central defensive options to call upon, but none stand as tall as Nuhiu.

John Stones has only won 3.3 aerial duels per game while Harry Maguire, the tallest defender in Gareth Southgate’s squad, has won just 3.7 aerial duels per match.

While surely the younger, less experienced heads of Joe Gomez (2 aerial duels won per game) and Fikayo Tomori (2 aerial duels won per match) won’t be called upon against such a physical powerhouse.

Nuhiu didn’t feature when the two teams met last month at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium as England won 5-3, but based on the above factors alone, the Wednesday striker has the capability to be a real handful on Sunday afternoon.

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