Our resident Sheffield United blogger Jason King takes a look at Jose Baxter, and Sheffield Wednesday’s failure to secure an all-Sheffield FA Cup tie.
Jose Baxter has really found his feet at Bramall Lane in the last two months, putting in some really creative displays and finding the his scoring touch.
Baxter had a fairly lacklustre start to life with the Blades since his much anticipated move from Oldham Athletic in August.
The former Everton playmaker was once tipped to be an England star but at the tender age of 22, he certainly has time on his side.
I firmly believe that Jose Baxter wouldn’t look out of place if you slotted him behind any strikers in the Premier League as he has all the technical ability in the world, which he has shown on many occasions.
For Baxter, a few years back, his career seemed to have stalled due to a lack of consistency in his game.
Now rejuvenated under Clough’s management, Baxter can finally realise his potential at Bramall Lane.
If he can continue his fine form until the end of the season and really push on, then there is little reason why he cannot be the catalyst behind a successful season next time around.
Now to the elephant in the room. Sheffield Wednesday failed to secure a win at home to Charlton on Monday evening to ensure a Steel City derby in the FA Cup Quarter Final.
Perhaps disappointedly for both sets of supporters and the city itself that we won’t able to watch what would have been a highly energised clash between both sides.
Although, I am not too sure we should be surprised at Wednesday’s failure to succeed when the pressure was really on them to produce a Steel City derby.
Whilst a fixture against Charlton isn’t as glamorous as they Steel City derby could have been, it shouldn’t be forgot that the Blades are only 90 minutes from a game at Wembley, and more importantly the FA Cup Semi Final.
What a dream that could be for the Blades, in an otherwise forgettable season.