Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder should be telling his players to keep the pressure on those above them in the table as they battle relegation.
The Blades are currently 12 points from safety with 15 games remaining, but Wright believes their recent good performances will worry the likes of Burnley and Newcastle who are just outside the dropzone:
“Once they get into that place where they are 18th or in and around the relegation zone then people will be afraid of them. Sheffield United are not going to give you an easy ride and then they will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So that then puts pressure on Burnley, on Newcastle and then the pressure starts coming. For me, if I’m Chris Wilder, I am having that team-talk.”
Wright is right to point out that United have been excellent at times in recent weeks but those displays have to be converted into wins and points very quickly if they are to have any chance of manufacturing their great escape.
The fixtures coming up could well define their season, with matches against the likes of West Ham, Fulham and Liverpool before the end of the month. The game versus Fulham, in particular, is a vital one, but, at this stage, they will need to start picking up results in almost every game they play in order to ensure survival.