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

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.

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).

In other news, Everton could sign a reported Manchester City target in Nicolas De La Cruz