How Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper compares to Sheffield United's Billy Sharp

Gary Hooper of Sheffield Wednesday scores a goal which is ruled offside during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrews (stadium) on...

Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday strikers have both enjoyed strong starts to the season.

Wednesday player Gary Hooper in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday at Cardiff City Stadium on October 19, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

Last month's Steel City derby pitted two of the Championship's most lethal strikers up against each other when Gary Hooper and Billy Sharp led the lines for their respective sides.

Sheffield Wednesday ace Hooper was the only of the two to find the scoresheet, but Sheffield United's Billy Sharp was the one celebrating at the end of the match as the Blades stunned Hillsborough to clinch a 4-2 win.

Billy Sharp of Sheffield United celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane on August 19, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

The two players have been in form this season, and while Hooper has seven goals to Sharp's four - the Sheffield Wednesday ace has also played in four more matches.

Sharp's performances stand up well to Hooper, with just 0.07 goals per game ratio the difference between the two.

  TeamShots per gameShots on target per gameGoals per gameScoring V Shooting AccuracyKey Passes per gameAssists per gameAerial Duels per gameTouches per gameAppearances
Gary Hooper Sheff Wed 2.64 1.18 0.64 24% 0.91 0 0.55 44.27 11
Billy Sharp Sheff Utd 2 1 0.57 29% 0.57 0.14 0.43 25.14 7

Sharp is the only of the two players who has provided an assist this season, although Hooper could feel slightly aggrieved at this.

Wednesday striker Hooper has created more chances per game than Blades forward Sharp, but his teammates have let him down.

Sheffield United have been the league's surprise package this season, and entered the international break in third place.

Wednesday are five points back in 12th position, and they will need Hooper to continue his impressive form if they are to stand a chance of rising up the table and competing for the promotion places.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch