Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been speaking ahead of the clash with Leeds United on Sunday and, specifically, on if he considered appealing John Egan’s Aston Villa red card.
Egan was shown red – harshly in the eyes of Wilder and many others – for pulling back Ollie Watkins at Villa Park on Monday.
The decision means the Irishman will now miss the visit of Leeds on Sunday, with Ethan Ampadu or Phil Jagielka the most likely to step into the void left by the former Brentford ace.
But when pressed this afternoon by BBC Radio Sheffield on if he’d considered an appeal, Wilder insisted there was little point. After harping back to an incident he experienced while at Oxford, the Blades boss continued:
“No, I won’t because basically, it won’t get turned over. Even though I still believe that the decision was the wrong one”, Wilder said.
“I have to make quick decisions on it when I talk to the press. Obviously we’ve quickly moved on at the football club and try and effect the things we can so I can’t waste any more energy on it. I’ve not changed my mind since”.
Wilder now has a decision to make going into the clash with Marcelo Bielsa’s men at The Lane. The boss has hinted at a change of shape, so it could be interesting to see which way he and Alan Knill decide to go.
Jags the obvious choice but Ampadu so impressive already
It’s a really tough call this one for Wilder to make, especially if he sticks with the three central defenders as normal.
Phil Jagielka is experienced and knows the system from last season. He’ll have no qualms about facing Patrick Bamford but does lack the pace he once possessed.
The other option is to go with new signing, Ethan Ampadu. The Chelsea loanee has looked cool under pressure and calm on the ball in his two appearances so far. This could, then, be the ideal chance for him to step into the fold.