Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to keep themselves in touch with an unlikely play-off place this weekend as they face Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough.
The Owls have surged up the table since sacking Jos Luhukay and with a blend of new signings and recalled professionals, they’ve managed to find some degree of success.
In a season where many teams have done their very best not to get promoted, it’s left Steve Bruce on the cusp of a second top six finish in a row.
A win tomorrow against Blackburn would give them increased hope of a shock chance at Premier League promotion, but which is the best side to deliver that?
Here is the XI we think would stand them in good stead for the win.
Goalkeeper: Keiren Westwood
He was frozen out under Luhukay, but since coming back in he’s done incredibly well.
There’s no substitute for an experienced stopper and he’s been a cornerstone of their revival.
Right back: Dominic Iorfa
The 23-year-old has started his career at Hillsborough strongly.
He’s bound to be playing tomorrow as they achieve consistency in selection.
Centre back: Tom Lees
He could be relied upon even during the tough times before the turn of the year and he’s a cert to start tomorrow.
He’s one player you know could play at a higher level.
Centre back: Michael Hector
Hector has formed a good partnership with Lees and that has to remain in place until the end of the season.
He’s got lots of experience under his belt this campaign and must be wondering what the future holds.
Left back: Liam Palmer
Palmer is a player developing rapidly and certainly, he’s a huge asset right now.
If the Owls don’t go up, someone might come calling with an open chequebook this summer.
Midfield: Barry Bannan
Mowbray has called him exceptional.
Mowbray is right.
If Barry Bannan is fit, he plays.
Midfield: Sam Hutchinson
Hutchinson has been great.
He’s adds a certain steel to their approach.
Right wing: Adam Reach
Reach is a player with the capability to turn a game on its head in an instant.
He’s going to be a focal point for the attack, that’s for sure.
Left wing: Rolando Aarons
Aarons is an impressive January signing who has had a real impact.
He’s a source of creativity and fear for full backs. He has to play.
Striker: Steven Fletcher
The aging Scot has shown no signs of tailing off this season as he’s been amongst the goals on a regular basis.
He’ll surely be given the chance to shine in a 4-4-2 tomorrow.
Striker: Atdhe Nuhiu
With Forestieri a doubt, Hooper still out and Lucas Joao also on the treatment table, it might be another chance for the big Kosovan to impress his manager.
He’s a focal point for any attack, you can say that much for him.