Tony Pulis is looking for his first win as Sheffield Wednesday boss later today as the Owls host Stoke City at Hillsborough.
The Welshman has had to contend with two away trips before settling for home comforts, with a loss to Preston North End in his first game and a credible draw with Swansea City in midweek.
That latter result will give Wednesday players a lot of confidence going into the clash with the Potters, especially as they’re coming off the back of a defeat to table-toppers Norwich City.
Stoke are still a side to be feared though, and they look especially good going forward in recent times. Let’s look at two players that Owls fans should be fearing ahead of kick-off.
The son of former Premier League hitman Kevin Campbell has held a lofty reputation since his teens, and he’s now showing the kind of performances that will attract interest from bigger teams.
In 12 league games this season, the 20-year-old has scored six times – four of those in the last three games – and assisted another six goals, quickly become the key figure in Michael O’Neill’s attack.
Campbell has primarily started on the right side of a three-man attack, and is always a danger when cutting inside on his trusted left foot.
Whether Joost Van Aken, Moses Odubajo or Adam Reach play at left back or wing back today, they’re in for a tough test against the form player in the division.
O’Neill has more often than not used a three at the back system this season, and a man who has been thrust into the starting 11 more often than not is big Harry Souttar.
The 22-year-old is an absolute giant at 6ft 6in, but he’s been playing like a seasoned veteran this campaign following a successful loan spell at Fleetwood Town.
It can only help having an experienced unit like Danny Batth alongside him, but Souttar offers something a lot different to the former Wolves man.
The Australia international is comfortable with the ball at his feet and you’ll often see him playing dangerous through balls or dribbling with it out of defence, and that’s something the Wednesday team will have to watch out for today.