There has been some time to reflect on the first Steel City derby of the season. The match between the Sheffield rivals ended 0-0 at Bramall Lane on Friday night.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder felt that his team were better than Sheffield Wednesday but lacked a cutting edge in the final third.
That is probably a fair assessment, considering in most departments the Blades dominated Wednesday. United had 75 percent possession and 19 shots in comparison to the Owls’ seven.
Having had contrasting starts to the campaign the hosts were favourites going into the game. It feels over the last couple of years that the two sides are going in opposite directions in terms of form.
Wilder also commented on how much Wednesday have spent on their squad in comparison to his. So that begs the question, would any Owls players get in the United team?
Cameron Dawson was praised for his performance with the goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet after saving David McGoldrick’s first half penalty.
However, whether Dawson is a better option than Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson is doubtful. Like the Blades they also operated with a three-man central defence, but again wouldn’t make the cut.
Likewise in the wing-back positions, where Ash Baker and Morgan Fox look far less assured than Kieron Freeman and Enda Stevens.
Wednesday appear to be hoping to build a team round Barry Bannan. Based on this display he is not on the same level as John Fleck or Oliver Norwood. The same is also true of Matt Penney and Joey Pelupessy.
Steven Fletcher is another big earner at Hillsborough with Premier League experience. However, he now looks a shadow of the striker who once impressed at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Adam Reach is perhaps the only potential candidate. The 25-year-old probably wouldn’t fit one of United’s wing-back positions but as an attacking midfielder there could be a place.
Is Reach better than Mark Duffy? Possibly. Although he was injured for the derby, Fernando Forestieri is the only other Owls player who could also be mentioned.
It is testament to Wilder and how he has built his squad, though, that only two from Wednesday could even be considered good enough to make the switch.