Charlie Nicholas says he has been impressed by Sheffield United’s energy and organisation since they were promoted to the Premier League. Chris Wilder’s team face league leaders Liverpool tomorrow and speaking about the game, the TV pundit feels the Blades have a lot going for them.
However, he does feel that the side lack quality in the final third of the pitch, and he isn’t sure whether their £20m record signing Oli McBurnie will be enough to get them the goals that they need this season:
“The Sheffield United team I watched the other week at Everton impressed me with the energy and pace they play at. They do struggle for goals though. It has been quite a jump up for Oli McBurnie. He works hard and grafts, but you are looking for a goal return here.”
“The Blades are well drilled and organised – when I saw them at Goodison Park, their two wing-backs were going up – I even saw the centre-half in the box – and they didn’t look like they were going to get caught on the counter-attack either.”
United’s seven goals in six matches is certainly not a bad return, but if Nicholas is basing his opinion simply on the 2-0 win against Everton last week, you can kind of see where he is coming from.
The Blades had just one shot on target during the 90 minutes and needed to be strong defensively to secure the three points. It should be a different story at home, though, when they welcome the Reds to Bramall Lane for the lunchtime kickoff.