Talksport pundit, Darren Bent, has claimed that Sheffield United are well in with a chance of landing a place in the Champions League for next season.
This weekend’s win over Crystal Palace put the Blades on 36 points. That leaves them just five behind Chelsea and one behind Spurs, with both London clubs still to come to Bramall Lane later in the season.
Talk of a European tour has been rife amongst Blades fans all season. And while some of it has been tongue-in-cheek, there is a growing belief, especially following the transfer window, that hope might become a reality.
And speaking on Talksport yesterday, former England striker Bent insisted that the top four was not out of reach for United.
“All they can keep doing is winning games and picking up results.
“The longer the season goes on and people talk about them falling away…they’re going to run out of games. And when they do, they’ll be firmly up there. I don’t think the top four is out of their grasp, at all”, Bent said.
With only 13 games of the season remaining, and three games that, on paper, look winnable at home in February, the Blades have a massive chance to make a push.
Chris Wilder would, no doubt, take any European slot. However, the thought of potentially qualifying for the Champions League is massive.
Can Champions League football really come to Bramall Lane?
It seems so strange to be even asking that question. But the simple answer is, in reality, a big yes.
There’s no reason whatsoever now why United can’t push on and look to cement a spot in Europe. Obviously, the Europa League would do just fine. But five points is nothing in the Premier League, especially when you have your rivals to play at home.
The objective at the start of the season was to stay up. In the main, that objective remains firmly in place. However, Blades fans can dream.
If Wilder pulls this one off then the club might just have a third statue to build in the Bramall Lane car park!