Blades boss Chris Wilder has offered a small update on striker Lys Mousset, who has missed the entire season so far with a foot injury.
Mousset was integral for United last season, scoring six times and catching fire in the early part of the campaign with goals against Arsenal, Man United, Wolves, and Everton. And with only two Premier League goals to their name this season, the Blades could do with having Mousset back in the ranks as soon as possible.
Wilder, then, speaking to the Sheffield Star, has offered some encouraging signs on Mousset, admitting the Frenchman is getting there.
“They’re both coming along,” Wilder said when asked about ‘Moose’ and Jack O’Connell.
“Lys is looking well. I’m not sure his gear is to my taste, not the stuff I’ve just seen him wearing in the corridor. Obviously it will have cost a number, because that’s the way it is these days.
“But you won’t catch me wearing it. Lys’ attitude and personality lifts everybody. He’s a good lad with a bit of an aura around him. They are huge players for us.”
Mousset picked up the injury, described by Wilder a strange one, in pre-season. He has since been ruled out and seen the likes of Oli Burke and Rhian Brewster brought in to provide him with further competition up top.
Mousset vital, sooner he’s back, the better
In a squad that lacks the sort of players who can turn a game on its head with a moment of magic or inspiration, Lys Mousset is definitely one of the players who can do that.
He was electric in the opening six months of last season. Few players get fans Bramall Lane off their seats (when they’re allowed in) quite like Mousset does.
The update from Wilder is a good one. It suggests the striker is in and around and back in some sort of light fitness training at the very least. If he can be back following the next international break, it will be like having a new signing in the building.