Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County supporters are very much relishing the meeting between the two sides in the Championship this weekend, with both going into the clash off the back of contrasting recent results.
Jos Luhukay’s Owls have been seriously struggling in recent weeks in losing four straight games between October and the start of November, albeit they did stop the rot with a spirited display in drawing 0-0 with bitter rivals Sheffield United last time out, a result which leaves them four points clear of the bottom three.
And while Frank Lampard’s Rams currently sit sixth in the table and eight points better off than Saturday’s opponents, they will be looking for a response at Hillsborough after being humbled 3-0 by Aston Villa in their last league outing, thus bringing their seven-game unbeaten run in the league to an end.
Yet both sides will be hoping for even better as the season wears on given some of the signings they made during the summer, with Derby pulling off a coup in luring Mason Mount to Pride Park, while Luhukay brought in Josh Onomah in a bid to bolster his attacking ranks.
And with the pair leaving Premier League giants for regular football in the Championship this time round, let’s take a look at how the two compare…
Sheffield Wednesday were crippled by a transfer embargo for much of the summer transfer window, only for it to be lifted late on to allow Luhukay some time to improve his squad.
And Tottenham’s Onomah was one man he lured to Hillsborough in a bid to improve his team in the final third of the pitch, what with the 21-year-old enjoying a loan stint in the second tier with Aston Villa last time round.
But things haven’t quite happened for the England Under-21 international just yet with no goals and just two assists to show for his seven appearances, with a spot on the bench in their last outing against Sheffield United indicative that he hasn’t quite convinced of his capabilities.
Owls fans shouldn’t fret just yet given Onomah did deliver for Villa at times last season, but early indications suggest that the 21-year-old hasn’t totally improved Luhukay’s team, with his addition looking like a desperate one from the Dutchman.
TT Verdict: B
Lampard was seen to have pulled off quite the coup in luring Mount away from Premier League heavyweights Chelsea during the summer, with many of the view that the 19-year-old is set for huge things in the game.
And he has certainly proven his worth to the Blues legend already with three goals and an assist in his 15 Championship appearances this season, although no direct contribution since September may well be of concern to the Pride Park faithful.
Nonetheless, Mount is clearly doing something right given he earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad last month, having made the step up to the Under-21’s the month previous, thus underlining that he is beginning to make the strides many expected he would, just not perhaps at the tender age of 19.
The attacker clearly has an abundance of talent and has delivered at times for the East Midlands outfit this term, with it looking more and more like Lampard has pulled off a masterstroke in luring him to Pride Park.
TT Verdict: A
Clearly, both Onomah and Mount were brought into their respective sides over the summer to add greater creativity and flair to Sheffield Wednesday and Derby’s attacking ranks, and coming from Tottenham and Chelsea came with it a pressure to perform.
And while the former hasn’t quite got going yet at Hillsborough, there’s little doubting that Mount has already proven his worth to Lampard at Derby, with the 19-year-old very much streets ahead of his slightly older compatriot.
Sheffield Wednesday and Derby fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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