Sheffield United supporters would have been going crazy as John Egan scored a winner in the 93rd minute to beat Wolves 1-0 yesterday. However George Baldock also put in a great display and we have taken a closer look at his performance against the West Midlands outfit in the latest edition of our Unsung Hero feature.
The Blades have had a brilliant season in England’s top flight, and it is one many did not expect as they were among the favourites to get relegated after being promoted from the Championship last season. The victory against Wolves was truly a big statement as to how good a job that Chris Wilder has done this campaign and still gives supporters of the club some hope that they might even be able to qualify for Europe as they are in seventh and only one point off Wolves in sixth, per BBC Sport.
Egan understandably picked up the best rating of the match as SofaScore gave him a 7.8 rating for his clean sheet and winning goal, but one player who hasn’t received the appreciation he deserves is George Baldock, who shone in the victory.
The right-wing back was outstanding during the fixture, and this can be highlighted by his stats. Baldock had the perfect game for a wing back as he was shining at both ends of the pitch. In attack he managed to play one key pass and successfully completed all three of his dribble attempts, per SofaScore.
Meanwhile defensively, he won four out of his five ground duels, one of his two aerial duels and made one clearance and one interception. This performance gave him a 7.4 rating, which was the second best on the pitch behind Egan.
However perhaps more importantly than the personal display was the fact he was part of a solid defensive unit which prevented Raul Jimenez from scoring. This was a great feat as he has managed to score 15 goals in the division this campaign, per WhoScored.
The Englishma, who cost the club just £666,000 in 2017, has played all 34 games in the division this season, highlighting how crucial Wilder thinks he is to the side, and his consistency has helped the Blades achieve 12 clean sheets, per Premier League.
Baldock’s performance has shown how solid the Blades have been this season, and if he continues to show his fine form, he could help the club achieve the unthinkable and finish in a European spot.
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