Blades manager, Chris Wilder, has praised the impact that Lys Mousset is having on the team at the moment.
The French striker has scored five goals this season and proved many of his summer doubters wrong. After arriving at the club for a then record £10m, Mousset had a lot to prove after an underwhelming spell at Bournemouth.
But Mousset has been in superb form. As well as his five goals, also helped himself to a hat-trick of assists against Burnley, while it was his good work what led to the opening goal against Manchester United.
The striker was one of a number of new signings in the summer for the Blades. Along with the likes of Luke Freeman, Oli McBurnie, and Ben Osborn, Mousset has wasted little time in settling in.
And speaking before tomorrow’s clash with Newcastle United, Blades boss Wilder has called on Mousset to maintain his high standards.
“Lys is early in his career here and he has to maintain those standards,” Wilder said (Sheffield Star).
“He’s part of a group but he has got an important part to play, and can be pleased with his start.”
Mousset has been the standout signing from the group that arrived in the summer. However, Wilder was keen to point out the impact the other signings are having, not only in terms of competing in the first XI on matchday either.
“You hope players you bring in will make a contribution and he’s doing that. So are the likes of Callum Robinson, Oli McBurnie and Luke Freeman,” Wilder added.
“Sometimes it’s easy to just look at contributions on the pitch but I look a little bit deeper than that, and those lads are really pushing the first-team boys. It has to be that way.”
Don’t underestimate the contributions of all the signings
While Mousset is the one getting the deserved plaudits, Wilder is right to point out his other signings are having their own impact.
Luke Freeman stepped in admirably when John Fleck was injured earlier in the campaign. Oli McBurnie, on the other hand, has scored twice and would have three but for a disallowed effort against Southampton.
Ben Osborn has struggled for minutes really but seems content. Ravel Morrison looks like he’s out of the picture at the moment while Mo Besic, the loan signing from Everton, has been in the matchday squad awaiting his chance.
Finally, Callum Robinson has a goal and assist at Chelsea as well as a key contribution against Manchester United. Phil Jagielka, meanwhile, has stepped in admirably when needed and is crucial to the experience within the squad.
Lys Mousset might have made a fine start, but the Blades squad rightly gets its praise from Chris Wilder here.