Sheffield United saw their promotion run halted somewhat at the weekend as they were beaten by rivals West Brom at Bramall Lane.
The Blades were simply overcome with the quality and depth in the Albion ranks as they failed to make any sort of impression despite having an excellent opening half hour in which they went ahead through David McGoldrick.
However, it was not to be, and there was plenty to ponder for Chris Wilder, who despite making changes in the second half, saw his team go down with something of a whimper to the Baggies.
One of the subs Wilder made was the introduction of midfielder Paul Coutts, who is still working his way back to the first team somewhat following a year out with a broken leg.
Coutts though, for all his endeavour and willing, seemed well off the pace and despite never being a player full of pace, he looked slower than ever among the midfield area which was being dominated by Gareth Barry for the visitors.
It’s harsh to call out Coutts and say that he might be ‘done’ so to speak, but on that performance alone it’s clear he needs either some consistent game time, or his injury is going to prove harder to come back from than many Blades fans might think.
All United fans will hope that Coutts is indeed back to his best soon, but judging on Wilder’s first choice midfield at the moment and Coutts’ lacklustre sub appearance on Friday, it would appear the Scot has a long way to go.