MIDFIELD comparisons are bound to be made when Sheffield Wednesday get to grips with Leeds United in tomorrow’s friendly at Hillsborough (kick-off 1pm).
The Leeds squad will include Isaiah Osbourne, who was rejected by Gary Megson last season but is now on trial with the Championship outfit.
Manager Simon Grayson plans to use him for at least part of tomorrow’s match - which will put him in direct opposition to Megson’s two new midfield men, David Prutton and Jose Semedo.
Osbourne was signed by Alan Irvine on loan from Aston Villa in January and was supposed to spend the second half of the season with the Owls but he was sent back to Villa by Megson on April 4.
He was released by Villa this summer at the end of his contract and joined Leeds on trial this week.
The 23-year-old trained with them on Tuesday morning and played that evening as a sub in a 1-0 win at Rochdale.
Leeds are set to field two other trialists during tomorrow’s match: former Villa and Bolton left-back Jlloyd Samuel and French winger Alexandre Mendy. They too played for part of the game at Spotland.
Leeds have yet to make decisions on whether the trio will be signed.
Osbourne’s Hillsborough exit came when, after 11 appearances for the club, he was was dropped by Megson after a 3-1 home defeat by Brentford then left out of the 18 for the next game, at home to Colchester.
The Owls manager explained at the time: “I didn’t sign Isaiah. I’m certainly not going to say anything negative about him. It’s just that I think we have enough players of the type I want and there wasn’t a great deal of point in traipsing Isaiah up and down the M1.”
Osbourne had a mixed time with the club. He had some good games but some fitness niggles. On some occasions Megson praised him and on others said he could do more.
Wednesday’s main centre-midfield duo at the time were Tommy Miller - who was released in the summer - and James O’Connor, who signed a new contract
Semedo and Prutton have taken the eye in the friendlies so far in an area where the Owls needed more strength in depth.
Megson has fielded much the same 11 in the two first-team games so far, the 3-0 and 2-1 wins against Worksop and Rotherham respectively, and is likely to stick to the nucleus of that tomorrow.