Troy Deeney or Lukas Jutkiewicz - Who gets the starting nod for trip to Millwall?

Jutkiewicz scored the winner from the bench last time out for Blues

Lukas Jutkiewicz is back in contention for a start for this weekend’s trip to Millwall following his late winner against Blackpool last time out.

The big striker has struggled for minutes in recent weeks due to the positive partnership that has formed between Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan but after taking his chance during his cameo on Saturday, could be in line to replace that man Deeney in the eleven this weekend.

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Lukas Jutkiewicz's late goal condemned the Seasiders to a cruel defeat

“I said after the game that I’m really pleased with him [Jutkiewicz],” explained Bowyer.

“He’s had to be patient because he’s had limited minutes but I know what he brings.

“A big strong physical lad up top and if you put the ball in the right areas he scores goals, nothing has changed.

“He’s been unfortunate that when Troy came into the side, we went on a good run.

“Troy is having a lot of assists or creating a lot of chances for other people. They both bring something different, you know what I mean?

“But that will continue happening. Sometimes Troy will be playing and sometimes Jukey will play. You’ve got two good players that are competing for one place.”

It’s unfortunate in some aspects that Bowyer see’s the two as an either-or option rather than one that could form a partnership themselves, especially as this way you’re guaranteed to be leaving a quality player on the bench.

But the manager’s mind appears pretty made up on the matter and it seems to be trending towards the direction of Jutkiewicz getting the nod this weekend.

The Blues boss alluded to the physicality that this Millwall side possess on numerous occasions throughout his pre-match press conference and that in itself is something I believe he feels last week’s match winner is more suited to.

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