Nottingham Forest fans gave Ben Osborn a decent reception at Bramall Lane on Friday night and his performance nearly dented the Reds’ play-off tilt.
He was introduced as a substitute in the 67th minute and offered United fans a reminder of what they’ve been missing whilst he’s been injured.
Interestingly, he once again flexed his versatility. He came on at right-back and actually looked pretty decent.
He did perhaps fail to cover himself in glory when allowing Joe Lolley to cross to win Forest a corner which led to their late goal.
Otherwise, he was brilliant though and Osborn is a bit of a fan favourite at Sheffield United.
Interestingly, he’s liked by the fan base in South Yorkshire for similar reasons as he was at the City Ground.
His tireless work rate and willingness to always give maximum effort does outweigh his actual footballing ability.
In the eyes of supporters that goes a long way and he could be a big player for Sheffield United between now and May.
Beyond that his future is uncertain. Osborn will be out of contract in the summer and as of yet, he’s not been offered an extension.
Versatile: Could Osborn make Forest return?
The possibility in itself would make for an interesting debate.
Osborn plays in a number of positions and at 27-years-old he still hasn’t reached his peak.
On a free transfer, the former academy graduate would surely have plenty of suitors and perhaps he’d tick some boxes for Forest.
Osborn made 230 appearances for the Reds and was largely seen as a jack of all trades.
During his time at Bramall Lane, he has played 70 times, scoring four goals and claiming four assists.
Forest could find themselves in need of wing-backs in the summer, whilst they could find themselves short in midfield too.
As a result, it might make a bit of sense for Steve Cooper to pinch Osborn when his Blades deal is up.