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Sheffield United: Paul Merson believes Chris Wilder should be considered by big clubs

Sheffield United: Paul Merson believes Chris Wilder should be considered by big clubs

Former England international Paul Merson believes that Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder should be considered for a “big job” in the Premier League in the future.

The Blades boss has led his team to a superb start in the Premier League this season, with the South Yorkshire side currently sitting in fifth place after 12 games (BBC Sport).

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That has not gone unnoticed by the Sky Sports pundit, who has been extremely impressed with the work that Wilder has done at Bramall Lane.

Speaking to the Daily Star about the 52-year-old, Merson said: “Chris Wilder has done a fantastic job at Sheffield United and deserves a crack at a really big job at some point.

“He was successful at Oxford and Northampton. Two tough jobs. And he’s taken Sheffield United back into the Premier League.

“They are not keeping all those clean sheets by sticking ten men behind the ball either. They play some lovely stuff, get people in the box, and have a go at teams.

“I think they have actually been a bit unlucky in some games this season but to see them up there in fifth is phenomenal.

“I watched them play Arsenal and there was only one team who knew what they were doing. Arsenal had no idea. That’s good coaching.

“Managers like Unai Emery and Manuel Pellegrini are under pressure, and okay you never know for sure if a manager can make such a big step up.

“But Chris Wilder has got to be in the conversation the next time a big job comes up. He deserves it.”

It is big praise by Merson to suggest that Wilder should be considered for jobs such as Arsenal or West Ham, but he certainly has a point.

In the last four years, the ex-Halifax boss has won three promotions, the first with Northampton as they won the League Two title and then twice with Sheffield United from League One and then the Championship (Transfermarkt).

At Bramall Lane, he has come up with an innovative way of playing too, a 3-5-2 system which sees outside centre-backs overlap the wing-backs, getting forward and contributing to attacks (medium.com).

And whilst that shows adventure and a desire to score goals, it doesn’t mean they leak goals. In fact, the opposite is true, as the Blades currently have the second best defensive record in the Premier League with just nine goals conceded (BBC Sport).

The work Wilder has done at Sheffield United has been remarkable. Many, including The Guardian, tipped the Blades to finish rock bottom this season, but he and his team are defying all expectations so far.

Should the Arsenal job, West Ham job or any big Premier League job become available this season, then Wilder should certainly be a candidate for the vacancy in question.

Sheffield United fans, do you think that Chris Wilder would be a good appointment for Arsenal if they ever did try to get him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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