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Sheffield United: Simon Jordan believes European football might slow down club’s progress

Sheffield United: Simon Jordan believes European football might slow down club’s progress - Sheffield United News

The Premier League has seen some truly remarkable moments, like Leicester City winning the league, and another unimaginable memory could be created this season as Sheffield United battle for Europe.

The club currently sit seventh and level on points with Wolves in sixth who occupy the last definite qualification spot for Europe, via BBC Sport.

They are also only five points from a Champions League spot, so if they can perform at their best who knows how high they could finish this season.

However, former Crystal Palace owner and talkSPORT presenter Simon Jordan believes the Blades achieving something never done before in the history of their club could be a bad thing for their progression.

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Jordan was speaking on talkSPORT  and said:  “When you’re involved with a football team you want to win the games that are in front of you, because that’s what you do.

“The flip side to that argument is you take it when you can get it, of course, but is it the right part of Sheffield United’s blueprint to find themselves in Europe at this stage in their evolution?

“Because every time we hear clubs with this sort of resource finding themselves in Europe whether it’s the Europa League and Burnley being a specific case in point, it always seems to impede their start (to the following season).

“It goes back even as far back as 2001 when Ipswich were going great guns in the European competitions and got relegated the following season.”

It is an interesting angle to take, and some clubs do struggle with the massive fixture list due to their squad size, this has been proven before, as Leicester manager Ranieri was sacked the season after winning the division when the club were involved in the Champions League.

However, the fact of the matter is that Sheffield United were a team who couldn’t make it out of League One for six years and are now on the verge of doing battle with some great teams in Europe. Any Blades fan would surely do anything to see their club achieve this great feat.

The pros surely outweigh the cons, especially when you see Wolves still battling at the top whilst fighting in Europe, they have shown the way forward for smaller clubs going into continental competition.

With Chris Wilder at the helm, and the players who are currently being brought in looking like they have great potential who knows, perhaps European qualification could even kick the Blades on further…

Blades fans, what are your thoughts on Jordan’s view? Comment below!

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