Garth Crooks has once again described Sheffield United as “basic”, despite the fact they are currently seventh in the Premier League table.
Back in September, Crooks irked many Blades fans with a similar opinion on the Blades. At the time he said they were going to struggle in the top flight as a result.
Yet their 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at the weekend leaves Chris Wilder’s men with 25 points from their opening 17 matches. They are three points and two places ahead of Arsenal.
But Crooks just can’t change his mind on the Blades. Even though the BBC pundit has included John Fleck – who scored both goals against Villa – is included in his team of the week.
“Twenty five points after 17 league games? Every time I watch Sheffield United I’m left scratching my head wondering how a team playing such basic football can be fifth [sic] in the table,” Crooks writes.
“Players like Chris Basham, John Lundstram and John Fleck, all of whom have now made my team of the week at some stage, are clearly the reasons why.
“Apart from the fact the Blades are very difficult to beat and wear you down, like any decent puncher they can deliver a knockout blow. Their approach is proving to be simple but very effective. They are making the Premier League look ordinary.”
Is Garth Crooks right about Sheffield United?
In a word, no. However, to expand a little further this very much seems like Crooks has made up his mind about Wilder’s side before actually seeing them.
In the past the Blades have arguably been quite basic during their time in the Premier League. There is also an unfair opinion that Wilder is an old school coach.
Neither things are currently true. Their 3-5-2 system that has delivered so much success this term is fluid, flexible and expansive. Players switch positions at ease, while their passing and movement has caused many different teams problems.
Will Crooks change his mind, though? Probably not.