Sheffield Wednesday host Birmingham City at Hillsborough this weekend and one player who may have extra reason to impress is Blues new signing Sam Cosgrove.
The former Carlisle United man joined the Blues from Aberdeen on deadline day.
But his switch to Birmingham came after reported interest from Sheffield Wednesday.
According to the Evening Express, the Owls wanted to sign Cosgrove yet they failed to follow through in their interest after hearing Aberdeen’s price-tag for the player.
Cosgrove later joined Birmingham for a reported £2 million fee.
The 24-year-old netted 47 goals in 102 games for Aberdeen. It’s easy to see why he was valued highly north of the border, and Birmingham will be desperate form him to replicate such form.
The Blues head to Hillsborough knowing it’s a massive game in their bid for survival.
Aitor Karanka’s side have been on the slide since their excellent 2-1 win at Reading in December, picking up just six points from their last 13 Championship matches.
Birmingham now find themselves in 23rd position, level on points with the Owls and one point behind Rotherham United despite playing two more games than the Millers.
Karanka’s position is under threat at Birmingham. The Spaniard can’t afford to lose to Wednesday, and he may well turn to Cosgrove in the hope he can reignite the side.
Cosgrove has made just two substitute appearances since moving to St. Andrew’s. But with the striker finding his fitness, he could be in line for his first start for the Blues at Hillsborough.
It would ironic, and the Owls defence will surely have to be at their best to stop him.