SO, will Danny Wilson stick with his tried and trusted or consider it a perfect opportunity to pitch in one or two who have been on the fringe when Sheffield United go to Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup, first round on Saturday?
Does the Blades boss go full steam ahead on this first ever visit to the Memorial Ground (also home of Bristol Rugby Club) or does he spare a thought in his team selection for a particularly tough away game four days later at Swindon? For sure Wilson will not be making wholesale changes. He is bound to treat seriously a competition that has the potential to make the club a few bob.
However, it will be tempting to contemplate ‘protecting’ the odd player, particularly in crucial positions where they couldn’t really afford another unfortunate loss.
The hamstring injury absence for a few weeks of striker Dave Kitson is a grievous blow to their striking resources.
Wilson, therefore, went with Chris Porter to partner Nick Blackman up front on Monday. If he wishes to do the same when the Blades return to League One duty against Paolo Di Canio’s outfit next Tuesday, then is it worth risking one or both on Saturday?
He has Shaun Miller itching for a start whilst he might reckon it a perfect day to utilise Richard Cresswell’s vast experience. Then there is John Cofie waiting for a renewed opportunity and youngster Joe Ironside was on the bench on Monday.
Wilson could easily assess the merits of an outing for such as Darryl Westlake or a role for David McAllister who has started ten times so far.
The Blades manager has said he wants to at least get to the third round and, for sure, any changes there are will be thought through and with an eye on the real goal for this season.