Sheffield United shocked many last season when they managed to finish in the top ten in the Premier League. This would have been great for everyone associated with the Blades as many tipped them to finish bottom of the division.
Having more than surpassed many neutrals’ predictions in 2019/20, Chris Wilder’s team are unlikely to be taken as lightly next time around and may have to contend with loftier expectations.
With the transfer window now open, they will look to strengthen to ensure they are ready for another top-flight campaign, and former Blades player Brian Deane has discussed what he thinks the club need to do to progress in the division.
Speaking via the Sheffield Star, Deane said: “Whatever Chris does, he has to make sure he keeps the tempo up. It’s a good system – but you can’t win anything without pace.
“If you don’t have pace you don’t have tempo and it’s so easy for teams to counteract. So I think Chris has to look at pace wherever he recruits. In the top division you have to have pace, strength and mobility in abundance.”
It is interesting that Deane believes that Wilder needs to add some pace to the squad and that could work in their favour as they like to keep compact at the back, which is proven by their haul of 13 clean sheets in 38 Premier League games last term.
Therefore, if they added a bit more pace they could keep solid at the back and then counter opposition sides more quickly. The fact that Lys Mousset, who scored the joint most goals in the squad last season with six, clocked the second fastest pace for the club in November, indicates that pace and a scoring threat can be a lethal combination. Therefore, adding more players of that link could enable Sheffield United to become an even bigger threat in 2020/21.
However, Wilder did a lot right last season, so he will know what he wants and, if he doesn’t add more pace to the squad, then he will surely have valid reasons for his stance.
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