Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, thinks teams might be starting to work out Sheffield United.
Agbonlahor spent his entire career at Villa, scoring 86 goals in 391 games before retiring in 2018 at the age of 32.
He watched on Monday as they beat the Blades 1-0 in the Premier League. It was a hard fought victory for the Birmingham side, despite the fact they were playing against 10 men for the majority of the game.
John Egan was sent off after 12 minutes, with United also missing a penalty in the first half. Yet a 63rd minute Ezri Konsa header eventually secured the win for Dean Smith.
It leaves the Blades with two defeats and no goals from their first two league fixtures. They lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day.
But Agbonlahor isn’t worried for Chris Wilder’s side, although does say there is room for improvement.
“I’ve seen enough of 10-man Sheffield United to know they’ll get results,” the 33-year-old told Talksport.
“But I feel like they do need a goal scorer. I’ve heard they’re after a goal scorer and he’s (Wilder) come out and said that himself.
“That’s the difference, isn’t it? You can defend and be strong in midfield, but teams can work you out sometimes.
“Maybe teams are starting to work out Sheffield United. If you match their work rate you can get a result against them.”
After Aston Villa result, is Agbonlahor right?
Agbonlahor fairly succinctly sums up our feelings about United as well. They performed admirably after the Egan red card against, in truth, a pretty average looking Villa team.
Just one lapse in concentration from a set piece allowed the hosts to score. In open play they never looked like breaking the South Yorkshire side down. On the break Oli Burke showed glimpses of promise, despite the man’s disadvantage.
However, a new striker is certainly needed. Wilder has admitted as much publicly time and again.
One will almost certainly arrive before the transfer window closes on October 5. Because a lack of goals is an issue. Last season, only three teams scored fewer than the Blades in the top flight and two of those were relegated.
Their organisation, work rate and tactical nous isn’t in question. Now they need that added spark upfront.