Everton released Phil Jagielka earlier this summer and the Englishman rejoined Sheffield United on a free transfer.

Everton legend Phil Jagielka will return to Goodison Park this weekend for the first time after leaving the Toffees this summer. The veteran centre-half rejoined boyhood club Sheffield United after 12 years at Merseyside and he now has the opportunity to face Everton for the first time since March 2007. 

Jagielka gave the Liverpool Echo his thoughts about returning to a place that he called home for over a decade, claiming it will be strange to go back. 

He said: “It will be a really strange feeling for me to go there. I wasn’t able to come back to Bramall Lane in an Everton shirt but I imagine I would have similar emotions. But I can’t tell you what to expect or will feel emotionally. To be at the club for so long and then to go back, I presume it will be quite strange and a mixture of emotions.”

Jagielka came on for the final minute of the game against Crystal Palace last month and hasn’t featured in the Premier League since. John Egan, Chris Basham and Jack O’ Connell are clearly Chris Wilder’s first choice but if things go well for the Blades on Saturday, Jagielka could well come off the bench for a run out against his former side.

Just one win out of five isn’t how Wilder and Blades fans would have dreamt about starting the league campaign. However, they have been hugely impressive in almost all of their games and with a lot of the season still left to play, they have time to turn their campaign into a successful one. 

Jagielka, with over 670 games of experience for club and country, will be hugely beneficial for the Blades who will need all the help they can get to compete with the sides in and around them. Staying up in the league will be Sheffield United’s biggest priority and a win on Saturday against Everton will be a massive step in the right direction. 

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