It’s fair to say Lys Mousset is a firm divider of the Sheffield United fan base, given his obvious talent but even more obvious lack of game time.
Nobody can argue that Mousset hasn’t been worth the reported £10m United paid for him last season. Six Premier League goals and four assists more than repaid that fee, helping United comfortably stay in the top flight last term.
Mousset, so often a maverick type player capable of both the sublime and ridiculous, has more talent than most strikers we’ve had in recent years. Pace, skill, and the uncanny knack of being able to take his chances when they come, most Blades expected big things from ‘Moose’ this season.
But for a multitude of reasons, it’s just not happened. Injury in the final pre-season game hampered the Frenchman’s start to the campaign. Further niggles, fitness issues, and a few off field misdemeanors have all conspired to ensure we’ve seen Mousset on just a handful of occasions this term.
But with Chris Wilder today admitting Mousset now has to really contribute and show what he believes he is capable of between now and the end of the season, could the Blades be getting the January signing so many craved?
Wilder and Sheffield United want more from Lys Mousset
The Blades boss was pretty frank in his assessment of Mousset today. Yes, an acceptance that certain things have been unlucky or conspired against him.
But also a firm message to Mousset. Hard work, commitment, and an impact on the squad is a requirement from his manager.
Tomorrow’s game should see the United striker involved. Wilder has confirmed Mousset is back training and should be involved off the bench at least against Bristol City.
And with January proving to be rather barren for the Blades, it’s a chance for Mousset to step in as almost a new signing. New signings in January are often impact players. The Frenchman can certainly be that, even if he just gets close to some of his levels from last season.
It’s a huge few months for United and indeed, some of their players. Some will feel they might be playing for their future. Mousset, as most people would probably agree, is in that conversation.
The chance and time, then, is now for ‘Moose’. United need more spark, more goals, and more creativity in the final third. Having an ace in the pack such as Lys Mousset could just prove a big difference maker for the Blades.