The Blades limped to another Premier League defeat last night as Everton became the latest to take three points from Bramall Lane.
It’s now 15 games without a win this season and a measly two points from a possible 45 for Chris Wilder’s men. However you dress it up, it’s a woeful return from a team who did so well last season.
Last night’s showing felt like a step backwards to those of the last two fixtures. The Blades created little to nothing, looked shakey at the back at times and surrendered control of the midfield completely.
Not one Sheffield United player really made their mark, while some were worse than others.
All in all, it was another dismal night for Chris Wilder and Alan Knill and in terms of player ratings, there wasn’t too much to shout home about either.
Nevertheless, here’s our attempt at rating the performances of the Blades XI last night against Everton.
Aaron Ramsdale – 6
Did well to claim an early cross which should have given him confidence but fumbled the next attempt to nearly allow an Everton goal. Dropped another at his near post in the second half but did make a fine first-half save. Could do nothing about the goal.
George Baldock – 6
Another frustrating night for Baldock as he huffed and puffed down the right but produced little. Is obviously lacking confidence at the moment, like much of the squad.
Chris Basham – 6
Didn’t do much wrong as usual but didn’t really impact the game going forward and when he did get into good positions, his final pass let him down.
John Egan – 6
Probably United’s best player again as he dealt well enough with the awkard play of Dom Calvert-Lewin all night long.
Jack Robinson – 5
Sadly, Robinson just doesn’t appear good enough for the Premier League and at times it shows. Often too slow, wasteful in possession, and caught out in behind on more than one occasion.
Enda Stevens – 6
Like Baldock, Stevens looks a shadow of his former self and is taking that split second longer in everything he does.
Ethan Ampadu – 6
Ampadud did ok at times in the middle of the park but didn’t have nearly as much of the ball as we need. Tom Davies for Everton showed how to play that role perfectly.
Ben Osborn – 6
Huffed and puffed like so many but once again lacked any meaningful impact on the game. Worked hard, but will have been frustrated.
David McGoldrick – 5
After weeks of impressing it looked like Didzy might be in the number 10 role last night. Alas, he wasn’t. In fact, I’m not sure where he was playing and he had little impact before being subbed.
Rhian Brewster – 5
You almost feel sorry for Brewster at times. Yes his touch and use of the ball wasn’t good enough but he was definitely playing a deeper role and sometimes wide. A bizarre night for Brewster under Wilder’s instruction.
Oli Burke – 6
Worked tirlessly again up front and made some excellent runs at times but picked up a knock and was taken off at half-time for McBurnie.