Former Spurs midfielder and now Talksport pundit, Jamie O’Hara, has had his say on Sheffield United and their march towards a Champions League place.
The Blades’ win over Bournemouth on Sunday put them just two points off fourth-placed Chelsea. With a healthy-looking run of home fixtures to come, plus Chelsea and Spurs still to visit Bramall Lane, hopes are high among Blades supporters.
And O’Hara, who has been impressed all season with United, said that if Chris Wilder can lead the club to the fourth spot, it would be more than impressive.
“If you look at the squad of players that they’ve got. If they get in the Champions League…it will be one of the most special things the Premier League has ever seen”, O’Hara said. (Talksport)
United have been simply brilliant on their return to the top-flight. Indeed, they’ve still only lost twice away all season. Those losses came at title-chasing Liverpool and Manchester City.
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But despite the gulf in quality of player, O’Hara says Wilder and his squad make up for it in other ways.
“They might not have the ability of some of the Chelsea or Liverpool players. But they believe in each other and what they are doing. When you’ve got the desire and the work rate that they have, you can beat anyone.
“What Wilder has done is sign players from the Championship with that same work ethic and desire and he’s put it all together”, he added.
Sitting up and taking notice
This season has been flipped on its head in terms of how the Blades are perceived in the media. While at the start of the season there was little interest and many wrote the club off, now, pundits and TV can’t get enough.
It’s a testament to the job Chris Wilder has done. When you look back at just over three years ago, this club was in League One. Not only that, but it was in desperate need to a reboot after a miserable six years in the third tier.
Wilder has directed, overseen, and implemented that reboot. We are in the Oscar season at the moment. Wilder, then, would be right up there in all the top categories given the chance.