Sheffield Wednesday take on Middlesbrough at Hillsborough on Tuesday and one player who may have extra motivation for the encounter is midfielder Sam Morsy.
The Egypt international joined Boro from Wigan Athletic last summer.
But if things had gone a little differently, he could have been lining up for Wednesday.
According to Sky Sports transfer centre (May 20, 15:30 in 2019), then Wednesday manager Steve Bruce was keen to sign the player for the Owls.
Morsy’s stock had risen after his appearance in the 2018 World Cup was followed by an excellent individual campaign at Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
Ultimately, a deal never materialised with Bruce leaving that summer for Newcastle United.
Morsy stayed at Wigan for another season but left to join Middlesbrough in September after the Latics were relegated to League One following their points deduction.
The 29-year-old has since started 12 Championship games for the Teesside club. Speaking to reporters this week, Neil Warnock claims he has done a brilliant job.
“Jonny Howson for me has been the best midfielder in the league, but in fairness, Sam Morsy has done a brilliant job in that role. It’s nice to know if Jonny is out we’ve got Sam in.”
Wednesday, meanwhile, have struggled in midfield this season.
Massimo Luongo has been in and out of the team with fitness issues, while Joey Pelupessy has struggled for form as the Owls sit in the Championship relegation zone.
Manager Tony Pulis has made no secret of his desire to bolster his attacking options in January. But it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him eye up another midfield option too.
Morsy was once seen as a potential replacement for Sam Hutchinson at Hillsborough. Ironically, Hutchinson has been linked with an Owls return six months after his Wednesday release.