Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder made a frank admission yesterday, conceding that some of his players need to leave the club.
His comments came after yet another miserable Premier League loss, this time to Southampton. After a midweek win over Aston Villa, Wilder’s troops delivered a poor display and the Saints were more than good value for their victory at Bramall Lane.
Following the game, Wilder conceded that some of his players need to leave, admitting that if he could, he would ‘shake things up’ a bit now.
But just who was Wilder referring to with his comments? We’ve taken a look here to try and pinpoint the players Wilder will move on.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work this one out. Lundstram’s displays of late have been nothing short of abysmal and yesterday even the most staunch Lundstram supporter will have found it a hard watch.
He’s refused multiple contracts, is clearly downing tools a bit, and was so wasteful with the ball yesterday it makes you wonder where he thinks he is going.
It would be surprising to see Lundstram in a Blades shirt again to be honest.
Mousset was introduced in the second half but had little impact on the game.
His performance and season was summed up in a nutshell as he fired a wayward cross beyond Billy Sharp at the far post and the skipper was audibly annoyed at the effort.
Mousset has had off-field issues and more than his fair share of chances, so it seems pretty likely the club will look to sell him this summer.
For context, we think Bryan has done pretty well since being given a chance in the first XI. He was ok again yesterday, albeit a bit exposed when we changed to a back four.
But Wilder’s comments after about ‘being dealt a tough hand’ with who he is having to pick at the moment suggested his fringe players are not up to it.
Sadly for Bryan, this could mean Wilder ships him out of the club.
The others…McBurnie? Norwood? Stevens?
There will be a core group that Wilder wants to keep together but there are some who have been part of the famed ‘journey’ whose time might be up.
Enda Stevens is one. The 30-year-old’s performances have been so short of the standards he’s set in recent times it makes you wonder if he’s at the end of his cycle.
Ollie Norwood was once again taken off at half-time and Wilder even commented on both his and Lundstram’s performances being below the expected level. Norwood has also seen his stock dip in terms of the captaincy.
Finally, Oli McBurnie, for all his effort, work, and likeability, has simply failed to deliver the goods. Six goals last season was seen as something to build on but he’s struck just once all year this time.
If United can get their money back or close to for McBurnie, he might well be one who Wilder thinks we can bring someone in for.