Former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, has had his say on Sheffield United’s chances this season, as he backed Leeds to finish above the Blades.
United take on their West Yorkshire rivals this weekend in what looks – already – like a bit of a must-win game for Chris Wilder’s charges.
Two losses from two in the opening games has left some fans feeling worried, and with four of the next six games against teams challenging for the Champions League, the tie with Leeds suddenly seems a bigger one than normal.
The clash is also capturing the attention of the media – as is United’s poor start – with Talksport’s O’Hara the latest to have his say on proceedings. And despite being impressed with the Blades, he thinks we could struggle.
“I think without fans they’re struggling. Two, I think teams have started to suss out how to get results against that formation. I think they lack goals, they lack a star man who’s going to get them 20 goals,” he said.
“The second season is so important. Leeds are on that buzz now, they’re flying. I think they’re going to do more than enough to stay in the Premier League this season, and, I think Sheffield United are going to struggle.”
Leeds will enter the game with new signing Diego Llorente available. United, meanwhile, will be without John Egan following his red card at Aston Villa, meaning Chris Wilder may well shuffle his pack.
O’Hara makes a good point but we love this sort of stuff
A few defeats and suddenly we are going down. That’s the grim take a lot of the media seem to be taking already and being honest, it should fuel us to improve.
Last summer was the exact same. Written off by so many – we’re looking at you, Crooks, Mills, and Durham – the Blades left everyon with egg on their face and then some.
In fairness to O’Hara here, he is more measured. There is every chance Leeds will finish above us and there is every chance we might struggle. But surely, that’s our expectation? We spend little and do our best with what we have.
Time will tell, but this could be one to refer back to in six months’ time!