Our view: Is Phil Jagielka set to miss Everton return with Sheffield United?

General view of Everton crest on side of the stand ahead of the Premier League match between Everton FC and Fulham FC at Goodison Park on September 29, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Jagielka signed a 12-month deal to return to Sheffield United after his release by Everton.

Phil Jagielka of Sheffield United and Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United walk out to take a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and...

Much of the talk leading up to Saturday's game between Everton and Sheffield United has centred around one of the men who swapped Goodison Park for Bramall Lane earlier this year.

Phil Jagielka signed a 12-month deal to return to Sheffield United - the club from which Everton acquired his services as many years earlier - after his release by the Toffees, and was later joined in the Steel City by his former teammate, Muhamed Besic, on loan.

Jagielka never got to face the Blades as an Everton player - a fact he alluded to in interviews this week [Liverpool Echo].

 

And if Chris Wilder's recent selections are anything to go by - the United boss is certainly not famous for his sentiment - he could also miss out on an emotional return to Goodison.

The 37-year-old has only appeared twice since his summer move - equating to one minute of Premier League action and 90 in the EFL Cup.

He failed to even make Wilder's 18 man squad in each of Sheffield United's last two games, against Chelsea and Southampton, with Richard Stearman preferred on the bench against the Blues.

John Lundstram of Sheffield United scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane on August 18, 2019 in Sheffield,...

And with Besic unable to feature as per the top-flight's loan rules, the players most likely to face their former clubs this weekend are arguably Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) and John Lundstram (Sheffield United).

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