Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has admitted he was impressed with Lys Mousset against Derby County but insists he still wants more from the Frenchman.
Mousset returned to Sheffield last week following an extended period off and played his first minutes of pre-season against Derby County, helping the Blades to a 2-0 win.
And Wilder, speaking to Yorkshire Live following the game, admitted he was pleased with what he saw from his man.
“I thought Mousset was good as well. He has come back in decent nick, still more work to get into Lys, but you saw with little bursts that if we can get him up to speed, that will be the key.
“Hopefully, he will produce what he did last season and even more.
Mousset is expected to be a key figure for the Blades this coming season. He scored six times last year but seemed to dip off as the season went on, something a lot of Unitedites seemed concerned with.
Indeed, Wilder left him out completely towards the end of the campaign, although the Blades boss did clarify his reasons behind doing that.
Mousset can be the one, let’s hope he is right at it all season – Our View
Some of the comments directed at Mousset at the end of last season were uncalled for. A lot of assumptions were made on his fitness, attitude, and other things. The reality was that he is a young foreign player in England who was due to start a new family who he could see little of.
In my opinion, Chris Wilder handled the situation well. He recognised what his player needed and acted accordingly in the best interests of the individual and the club at the time.
Onto this season, then, and Mousset can be even better. His talent is there for all to see, as is his ability to stick the ball in the back of the net.
With a bit of luck and some hard work, Lys Mousset can be the number one striker at the club this season.