Their first Premier League season in 12 years continues for Sheffield United this weekend v West Ham United.
The Blades go into the match at the London Stadium on the back of an impressive 1-0 victory over Arsenal. Yet manager Chris Wilder has hinted at changes.
“We could stick with the same players but we’ve assembled a squad so that we can change it round if we need to,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“The hardest thing is to change a winning side but sometimes it’s the right thing to do. We’ve got to look at the players.
“We have to pick the right side for each game and if we have to change it, we have a chance to do so.”
How Sheffield United could lineup v West Ham
That result against the Gunners ensured that Wilder’s men have the joint best defensive record in the top flight with leaders Liverpool. It was also their fourth clean sheet – which can only be matched by Manchester City.
Wilder may be considering changes, but it would be a huge surprise if any of them were at the back. Dean Henderson continues to impress in goal during his second successive season on loan from Manchester United.
Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have brought their fine form from the Championship into the top flight. It may have been tempered slightly, but both Basham and O’Connell still utilise the overlapping centre-back system as well.
At wing-back both George Baldock and Enda Stevens have been excellent in 2019/20 in providing creativity and width. All six of them have started every league match so far.
As have John Lundstram and Ollie Norwood, with the former one of the surprise positives of this term. Norwood, meanwhile, is enjoying his role as chief creative source from a deeplying position.
John Fleck was superb against Arsenal and completes a hardworking midfield three.
Upfront we expect David McGoldrick to continue his comeback from a groin injury with another start. McGoldrick may not have scored yet, but Wilder thinks he’s the best striker available at linking midfield and attack.
Dropping Lys Mousset would be a big call after his winner on Monday. However, the 23-year-old is still getting up to speed in terms of match fitness and therefore we think Callum Robinson may get the nod.