Sheffield Wednesday welcome Middlesbrough to Hillsborough on Wednesday evening – their final game of the 2019/20 season. Garry Monk is likely to ring the changes after the Owls lost 5-3 to Fulham on Saturday and one decision he could make is to replace one of his strikers – Alessio Da Cruz for Atdhe Nuhiu.
Da Cruz underperformed in the Fulham defeat and was substituted at half-time, so the £1.71m-rated player could make way for the 30-year-old in midweek. Nuhiu came off the bench on Saturday and bagged two goals, so he should be given one last outing in a Wednesday shirt before potentially leaving.
Nuhiu has made 40/50 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals with four assists. The £360k-rated striker has amassed only 1584/4500 minutes of playing time, however, as Monk has preferred Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham.
This could be Nuhiu’s last appearance for the Owls, as he’s out of contract in a matter of weeks. The Kosovan has been unable to nail down a starting place and only started hitting form when football returned in England – three goals in July.
Regardless, Da Cruz hasn’t found the back of the net since joining on loan, so Monk would be wise to rest him this week.