In the summer transfer window, Leeds United’s search for a new centre-back led them to consider John Egan.
At Brentford back then, Egan had proven his worth in the Championship and was wanted by Leeds.
But Leeds failed to bring him to Elland Road and Egan moved to Sheffield United instead.
Since his switch to Bramall Lane, the 26-year-old has been thriving in Chris Wilder’s back line.
Egan is the central defender in a back three, often covering as his other two centre-backs are given license to join the attack.
The towering centre-half’s role in the team is integral to Wilder’s game plan and he is executing his duty expertly at the moment.
After missing out on him this summer, Marcelo Bielsa will surely be keeping a close eye on how Egan copes with his star striker Kemar Roofe.
With eight goals in 13 league games this season, Roofe is one of the hottest strikers in the Championship.
Egan will have his work cut out keeping the 25-year-old quiet in Saturday’s clash at Bramall Lane.
And it will be a good indicator for Bielsa, who will want to feel justified in his decision not to pursue Egan.
The battle between Egan and Roofe could decide the outcome of the game and Leeds fans will learn whether they should have moved for the Republic of Ireland international.