Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has some big selection decisions to make ahead of the Steel City derby.

Not least in attack, where Wilder has Mark Duffy available once again following injury.

For the second game running the Blades started with all three of Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick and Leon Clarke on Saturday.

Having beaten Wigan Athletic 4-2 in the previous match with the same trio, confidence would have been high.

Instead United lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. With Duffy back in contention how should Wilder set up his attack against Sheffield Wednesday?

Striker options

Sharp has ten league goals this season, second only to Brentford’s Neal Maupay among the Championship’s top scorers.

Therefore the Blades captain surely must start. Beyond that it is debatable. Duffy links the midfield and the strikers excellently and is arguably unique in the squad in doing that.

Throwing the 33-year-old back into the starting XI is a gamble, but Wilder could try and seize the initiative and then substitute him. The Owls are a wounded beast and the Blades need to play on the front foot.

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Of course this could mean Wilder going with all three strikers once again, but it could be argued that Clarke and McGoldrick operate in a similar style. Playing both together is potentially a waste of a selection.

Instead, choosing one or the other alongside Sharp with Duffy in behind is probably the best fit.

After an unprecedented scoring season in 2017/18, Clarke has just one goal once this time around. McGoldrick, in contrast, has five strikes to his name this term. Is he therefore the better partner for Sharp?

It is a nice problem for Wilder to have, but there are some big selection decisions to be made upfront for derby day. It could be the difference in securing all three points.

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