The current state of global affairs thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic has meant a halt in proceedings for Sheffield United and the Premier League.
In terms of just footballing terms, it’s come at a time when United were fighting for Europe. If the worst comes to the worst and the season is completely written off, it will be a bitter blow to Chris Wilder’s men and supporters.
Obviously, the world is acting accordingly and at the moment, sport really needs to take a back seat while things are sorted out.
However, as with any situation, there can always be a chance to look at the positives. Furthermore, it gives us a chance to look specifically at what positives the break might bring to Sheffield United.
If training can continue and the Blades have no need to go into self-isolation at any point, it could well be beneficial to Wilder and his squad.
With that in mind, then, we took a look at THREE potential positives for the Blades given the current global pandemic.
A fully-fit Enda Stevens
With Premier League fixtures provisionally set to resume at the beginning of April, it gives a chance for any injuries to be dealt with.
Conveniently for the Blades, this could mean we see Enda Stevens back without missing any game time. The left-back has been vital this term but has a calf injury that is set to keep him out for a few weeks.
With the rest of March and maybe beyond to recover, Stevens could well end up not missing a minute.
Nobody is doubting the quality that the record signing has in the locker. However, the issue at the moment appears to be Berge’s struggles adapting to both United’s system and the Premier League.
Another three weeks or so of hard training and work with Wilder would do Berge the world of good.
While the focus will be on training and keeping fit and ready to go, there will also be less media coverage and duties for Wilder and co to fulfil.
This gives the Blades boss ample time to work on his summer planning. Whether that be new signings, a change in the system, or simply speaking to his current players about next season, it opens a door for Wilder.
It could well be that Wilder uses this time wisely to ensure the club are right where they need to be when the season does eventually end.