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Sheffield United: Lys Mousset still not ready to play for 90 minutes, according to Chris Wilder

Sheffield United: Lys Mousset still not ready to play for 90 minutes, according to Chris Wilder

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revealed that striker Lys Mousset is still not ready to play a full 90 minutes (via @mikemccarthy).

He made the admission in his pre-match press conference ahead of their upcoming Premier League fixture against Burnley.

Mousset has been grabbing the headlines for the Blades in recent weeks with his goals.

The Frenchman made his first Premier League start for the South Yorkshire club against Arsenal, scoring what was ultimately the winning goal in the first half before being substituted after 55 minutes (TransferMarkt).

Despite his match-winning goal against the Gunners, he was subsequently dropped from the starting 11 in their next game against West Ham, with Wilder admitting that the club still need to work on the ex-Bournemouth striker’s physical condition (via BBC Sport).

He did come on as a substitute at the London Stadium and once again made a significant contribution, netting the equalising goal for the Blades (via BBC Sport).

When asked whether Mousset is ready to play for 90 minutes ahead of their game against Burnley, Wilder said: “Possibly a little bit off. But when you look at our forwards, not many of them play 90 minutes. We’ve got a group of forwards that we can change.” (via @FFScout)

There is no doubt that in his limited appearances so far, Mousset has made a massive impact for Sheffield United.

He has scored three league goals despite playing for just 198 minutes in the division (TransferMarkt), making him the Blades’ leading goalscorer (BBC Sport).

It also means that he has scored exactly one third of their goals in the Premier League so far as they have netted just nine times (BBC Sport), and with stats like that it is surely only a matter of time before he becomes a regular starter.

As Wilder said, they do have a lot of strikers, with Oliver McBurnie, Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick, Callum Robinson and Leon Clarke also at the club.

Even if Mousset isn’t ready for 90 minutes just yet, they do have the option of starting him and then bringing him off for one of their other forwards when he runs out of gas.

Sheffield United fans, would you like to see Lys Mousset start against Burnley? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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