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Sheffield United: Wilder must start Coutts instead of Dowell at Preston

Sheffield United: Wilder must start Coutts instead of Dowell at Preston

The twists and turns in the Championship show no signs of stopping in what is turning out to be a season for the ages in England’s second tier.

Sheffield United were, at one point, about to go four points clear of Leeds United on Saturday but instead found themselves being leapfrogged by their promotion rivals after their defeat to Bristol City at Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder’s side may have been downed by a superb hat-trick by Andreas Weimann at the weekend but their promotion hopes are nowhere near over but could depend on whether they decide to call time on Kieran Dowell’s time in the starting eleven.

The Everton loanee has failed to produce on a consistent basis and at the age of 21, he does not have the necessary experience needed to lead the side to their return to the top-flight. In contrast, a recall by Wilder for Paul Coutts could prove to be a masterstroke.

The Scottish midfielder, who is valued at £360k (by Transfermarkt), has played a role in two promotions during his career, the first being with Peterborough United in 2009 and the second occurring in the 2016/17 season with the Blades. Whereas he was a regular in both of these campaigns, Coutts has only been handed sporadic appearances by his manager this season which has seen United place themselves in a superb position in the Championship.

In order to completely secure a return to the top flight in May, it is paramount that Wilder involves the 30-year-old over the coming weeks starting with his side’s trip to Preston North End on April 6th.

If the former Oxford United continues to ignore Coutts in favour of Dowell, he could pay the price at the end of the season by missing out on promotion after what has been an incredibly impressive campaign in charge of United.

What do you think Blades fans? Should Coutts return to the starting eleven instead of Dowell? Or does the Everton loanee deserve to keep his place in the side? Let us know below.

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