Could Wilder turn to Sharp and McGoldrick to bring Sheffield United out of slump?
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Could Wilder turn to Sharp and McGoldrick to bring Sheffield United out of slump?

Yes, that’s right, you have read that title correctly and on the surface it might seem a ludicrous proposition.

Both David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp have hardly been prolific in their time in the Premier League. Just a handful of goals between them last season hardly set things alight but in a campaign where we have only scored four times, the pair have got three of them.

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Of course, we have other options in the squad and we shouldn’t really – given it’s our second season in the top flight – be teasing the idea of a McGoldrick/Sharp combo. Indeed, your writer here isn’t exactly the biggest advocate of the Blades skipper being given regular minutes!

But sometimes in life you need to go back to what you know. Back to basics.


And that could well be a question that’s in the head of Chris Wilder at the moment. Does he go with the duo that scored 38 times between them in our Championship promotion season?

Others not exactly making their case

Lots of Sheffield United fans will disagree with the thought of even entertaining this idea. We are, afterall, meant to be a Premier League team moving on from those Championship days.

But the problem is, none of the signings we have made to replace Sharp and McGoldrick are doing the business. Oli McBurnie looks shot to pieces in terms of his confidence, while Lys Mousset is only just back from injury.

Rhian Brewster is still settling into life at the Lane and Oliver Burke seems to have drifted away from first XI consideration for whatever reason.

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It could be, then, that in a must win game against a team newly-promoted from the Championship in West Brom, that Wilder opts with his tried and trusted front pairing from a few seasons back.

Square pegs in round holes seems to be the phrase many are using to describe Sheffield United this season.

Putting two players in who know their role, know each other, and were a perfect fit at Championship level, might be just the tonic to get the Blades going this weekend.

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