Oliver Norwood produced an outstanding display in Sheffield United’s recent draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Indeed, we have taken a closer look at his performance against Spurs in the latest edition of our Unsung Hero feature.
Sheffield United were able to claim another impressive result at the weekend, securing a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur away from home (BBC Sport).
George Baldock grabbed the headlines by scoring his first goal of the season, whilst there was plenty of praise for David McGoldrick who set up the goal and also had one of his own harshly ruled out by VAR.
However, one player whose performance has perhaps gone under the radar a little bit is midfielder Oliver Norwood.
The former Northern Ireland international was outstanding in north London, a statement which is backed up by the statistics.
As ever his passing was sensational, indeed he played six accurate long balls in the 90 minutes whilst also making one key pass (via WhoScored).
Added to that, he also provided some defensive stability into the midfield which allowed both John Fleck and John Lundstram to play more advanced roles. Norwood won three aerial duels, made three successful tackles, three clearances and two interceptions in the match and finished with a WhoScored rating of 7.14.
The former Brighton man has been a mainstay in Chris Wilder’s team this season, starting all 12 of their Premier League fixtures (Transfermarkt).
He is vital to the way they play. As already mentioned he sits a little deeper to allow his teammates to push further forward, which is crucial given that at times the Blades’ defenders join in attacks in Wilder’s now infamous system which deploys ‘overlapping centre-backs’ (medium.com).
And whilst he may not have got the headlines, it is clear that Norwood was a major reason why Sheffield United picked up a positive result against Spurs.
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