If you were to tell any Sheffield United fan at the start of the season that they would be within one point securing a play-off place in April, they would have been understandably delighted.
However, with the club in serious contention to secure automatic promotion in May, the last thing that the players and the management at Bramall Lane will be thinking of is the prospect of extending their season beyond the 46-game mark.
After slipping-up against Birmingham City in midweek, the Blades have another opportunity to regain their place in the top-two from Leeds United on Saturday against Millwall, one that they really have to take. To ensure that they secure victory over the Lions, boss Chris Wilder may have to consider making some alterations to his lineup in an attacking sense. Although both David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp have been in sensational form this year, United may benefit from giving fellow striker Scott Hogan a start at the weekend.
On loan from Aston Villa, the 26-year-old has only featured on a sporadic basis since joining the Blades in the January transfer window. However, when he has been given the chance to impress, Hogan has produced glimmers of promise which have suggested that his side could benefit from his presence between now and the end of the season. In United’s most recent home game against Bristol City, the forward scored his first goal for the club and provided a different type of option for his team-mates to target.
Although it would be naive to suggest that either McGoldrick or Sharp should be sacrificed for Hogan, a slight alteration in formation could see all three start on Saturday. By committing to this, Wilder would give his side the best opportunity to breakdown a Millwall side who are likely to play on the counter-attack at Bramall Lane in an attempt to move away from the dreaded drop zone in the Championship.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Hogan be given another chance to impress at the weekend by Wilder? Or is too much of a risk to play the forward at this stage of the season? Get in touch below.