Luke Freeman and Ben Osborn singled out for praise by Chris Wilder
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Luke Freeman and Ben Osborn singled out for praise by Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder was impressed with the performances of both Luke Freeman and Ben Osborn in the win at Millwall yesterday.

Both of the summer signings have struggled for game time since arriving at Bramall Lane. However, the pair lined up on the left-hand side of the Blades midfield at the New Den and played their part in a comfortable 2-0 win.

Ben Osborn put in a fine display for Sheffield United yesterday. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Osborn, who filled in for Enda Stevens at wing-back, was particularly impressive given he is new to the role. Freeman, on the other hand, grew into the game more as the minutes ticked on and was involved in plenty of good bits about United’s performance.

Those thoughts were echoed by Chris Wilder, too. The Blades boss suitably impressed by what he saw from his summer signings.


“There were good performances from Ben and Luke,” Wilder said. (Sheffield Star)

“The boys have found it difficult to get into the team and it’s not the easiest… when they go to a new club and want to play. But they showed their characters. Any opportunity they had to get forward, they took and I was delighted for them.”

A step in the right direction

It was nice to see some of the fringe players really get involved yesterday. Freeman and Osborn did put in impressive performances and it was comforting to see how the squad players perform when needed.

Osborn and Freeman can easily count yesterday as their best performances in a Blades shirt. Similarly, Billy Sharp and Callum Robinson both put in decent shifts up top. Sharp, in particular, seemed in the mood.

Chris Wilder was full of praise for Luke Freeman and Ben Osborn.  (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

In a January window where Wilder has made no secret of his desire to improve the squad, it was good to see a reaction and performance from his players.

Furthermore, with Freeman being linked with a move away, it highlighted that the former QPR man might well have a career at Bramall Lane after all.

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