Chris Basham says that Sheffield United promotion to the Premier League would be “life-changing.”
Basham scored the winner for the Blades at the weekend in their 1-0 victory at Leeds United. The win moves them above their hosts and back into the automatic promotion places.
With eight Championship matches remaining, United are in a great position to return to the top flight for the first time in 12 years.
“It would be life-changing for a lot of footballers in our dressing room,” Basham told the Sheffield Star.
“With the budget we’ve got and the money we’ve spent, to be in the position we’re in is pretty remarkable really.
“But there’s a lot of lads in there who are destined to go all the way to the top. Hopefully it’s with us. We just feel unbreakable at the moment if I’m being honest.”
Blades Premier League experience
Getting promoted to the top flight would be new territory for most of the United squad. Only five players have experience of the division, with most of it brief.
Billy Sharp made two appearances with Southampton in 2012/13, totalling 18 minutes. Enda Stevens featured seven times for Aston Villa, Basham played 21 matches and Martin Cranie has eight appearances in the division.
Even when analysing the five loanees, only Gary Madine’s 32 minutes across five matches for Cardiff City this season slightly boosts that total.
Richard Stearman, with his 77 Premier League games, is the only Blades member who truly knows what it’s like.
For several of the players – such as Kieron Freeman, John Fleck and Mark Duffy – they have played far more in League One than the Championship. For much of their careers the Premier League probably seemed like a distant dream.
Chris Wilder has those players believing their dreams can become a reality. The Premier League beckons.