Stats show Sheffield Wednesday made the right call ahead of 2015 target's Hillsborough visit with Derby County

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday host Derby County in the Championship on Saturday.

HillsboroughSheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

Two of Sheffield Wednesday's failed 2015 targets are set to face off at Hillsborough on Saturday - one of them in blue and white.

Reports at the time claimed the Owls were keen on both Matej Vydra and Gary Hooper, however neither could be lured to the Steel City ahead of the summer transfer deadline, with Vydra having already signed for Reading and Hooper staying put at Norwich.

It wasn't until two months later that Wednesday finally got their hands on the latter, who arrived on an initial three-month loan deal.

Whether Hooper was the Owls' primary target all along remains to be seen - Ross McCormack is also said to have been the subject of a bid from Carlos Carvalhal's side - although it was undoubtedly the right call.

Now a full-time employee at Hillsborough, the 29-year-old has inspired his side to victory in all four games in which he has featured since his return from injury this month, having ended the previous campaign as their second top scorer.

QPR's Jake Bidwell in action against Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper (R)Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper (right) in action against QPR

Vydra, meanwhile, has struggled to convince at new club Derby County, for whom he signed in a club-record £8 million deal at the start of the current campaign - despite his Reading spell yielding three league goals from 31 outings.

And although he was £5 million less expensive, Hooper has trumped Vydra in three key areas since the start of last season, contributing more combined goals and assists (25 to the Czech's 12) and doing so more often, while also accruing 0.47 more points per game.

  TeamMinutes per goalMinutes per assistPoints per gameAppearances
Gary Hooper Sheffield Wednesday 199.39 512.71 1.77 53
Matej Vydra Derby County/Reading 481 962 1.3 63

Saturday's encounter is a chance for Hooper to reinforce the above, although Vydra, if selected, may be particularly keen to make an impression.

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