Chris Wilder was speaking to the media following Sheffield United’s 2-0 victory against Derby in a pre-season friendly, with his words likely to please the Bramall Lane faithful.
There were some notable admissions from the Blades squad, including John Lundstram and Jack O’Connell. However, Oliver McBurnie, who was believed to be laid low through injury, managed to feature in the second half.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live about those players ahead of Friday’s clash against Preston, Wilder said: “Lunny will be involved on Friday and we are hopeful that Jack will be involved, too. That will be another boost to us for them to get minutes under their belts on Friday and Oli McBurnie to get the same amount. We will see how he rocks up after playing at Derby, but I am sure it won’t have hurt him that much.
“The squad when it comes back from international duty will look completely different to what it was here. You will have Lundstram back, McGoldrick back, Enda, John Egan, Ramsdale, Sander Berge, Fleck; these are big players for us.”
Supporters will likely be happy to hear the update on the three players mentioned by Wilder as Lundstram was key last season, scoring five goals and supplying three assists. He has been linked with a move to Glasgow Rangers and some fellow Premier League sides are also interested but for now it seems that Wilder is not worried about him potentially leaving.
Meanwhile, O’Connell was a rock in defence, being a part of 12 of the 13 clean sheets that the Blades kept in the league and joint-top scorer McBurnie, who netted six goals, is central to Wilder’s plans as he started 24 games last season.
Therefore, the Blades look to have a full squad available to them before the Premier League returns next week, an ideal state of affairs as they aim to at least match the top 10 finish that they achieved last season.
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