Date: 24th March 2020 at 10:18pm
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Atdhe Nuhiu has an uncertain future at Sheffield Wednesday after struggling for form and playing time this season. The 30-year-old is out of contract in the coming months and may not be handed a new deal as he’s fallen down the pecking order under Garry Monk.

Nuhiu joined Wednesday from Rapid Vienna in 2013 and has gone on to make 269 appearances in all competitions, contributing 73 goals. He signed a two-year contract extension in 2018 after scoring 14 goals over the course of the season and has now come to the end of his deal.

The Kosovan international’s form has dipped ever since he put pen to paper on an extension. As per Transfermarkt, Nuhiu scored four goals in 34 Championship games last season and only has three in 30 this campaign. The striker’s poor form in 2019/20 led to him starting only one of Wednesday’s last seven league outings.

Nuhiu found himself behind Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri and Conor Wickham in the pecking order and was an unused substitute three times in the last five weeks. It’s hard to see why Wednesday would retain his services, but it is worth noting that his contract wasn’t extended until May back in 2018.

The Owls have left it to the last moment to tie down players in the past and appear to be doing it now with so many out of contract this summer –  Morgan Fox, Kieran Lee, Joey Pelupessy, Sam Hutchinson, Sam Winnall, Forestieri and Fletcher.

If Nuhiu ends his seven-year association with Wednesday, Monk will have to bring in a replacement this summer – Jordan Rhodes could be the only first-team striker contracted for another season and he’s surely surplus to requirements.

The Owls need to start tying down their important players.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article