Sheffield United could have French striker Lys Mousset back in action tomorrow in what would be a massive Blades boost.
The former Bournemouth man has been back in full training this week, confirmed by Chris Wilder yesterday. Mousset, 24, has yet to play a minute of football this season after getting injured late on in pre-season.
Mousset was a key figure last term despite concerns over his ability to complete 90 minutes. He scored six times for the Blades, adding four assists along the way, including an impressive hat-trick of set-ups against Burnley.
It goes without saying, then, that with a toothless attack so far this term, having Mousset’s pace, finishing, and overall infectious attitude around the first XI is going to help proceedings.
However, there’s also a stat to suggest that Mousset might just be the lucky charm Chris Wilder and Alan Knill are looking for.
Mousset’s closest effort to completing 90 minutes last season came in the draw at Wolves. The forward scoring in a 1-1 draw and lasting until the 86th minute at Molineux.
But a closer look suggests that when Mousset is on song, so are United. In fact, so much so, that the Blades haven’t lost a game in which Mousset has scored or layed one on for a teammate.
The Blades have racked up an impressive 18 points with Mousset contributing, with wins against Everton, Bournemouth, Burnley, Tottenham, and Arsenal supplementing draws with Manchester United, Wolves, and tomorrow’s opponents, West Ham.
At a time when United need all the stars to align in order to get our season up and running, chucking Mousset in either from the start or off the bench to continue his fine record could be just what’s needed.