2020 has been quite the year on all fronts, never mind for Sheffield United and the rest of the footballing world.
Forced to grind to a halt in March thanks to Covid-19, few clubs have felt the impact of the pandemic – on the field at least – like the Blades.
United miss the raucous Bramall Lane crowd more than most, while away days are no longer the same and those driving performances roared on by 30,000 in S2 are a thing of the past.
The Blades’ form has been ‘patchy’ to say the least since that first lockdown was imposed. Fine wins over Chelsea, Spurs, and Wolves at the back end of the campaign have been overshadowed by our now 14 game winless run this season.
But among the doom and gloom, some Blades players can hold their heads higher than others in an otherwise dismal 2020, and we’ve tried to piece together our top THREE performing Sheffield United players from the last 12 months.
Who else but Mr Sheffield United? Basham has been superb throughout 2020 and continues to be one of the more impressive players despite our struggles this season.
Full of his usual energy, nobody will be hurting more than ‘Bash’ at what has happened this season.
But in terms of a calendar year, Basham has been fantastic. Whole-hearted, versatile, and willing to put his body on the line on a weekly basis, few can argue that the United number six is a standout performer in 2020.
It’s a mark of how good Egan is that you hardly notice him when he does play but when he is missing, my word we look a different team at the back.
The Irishman has developed into one of the Premier League’s best defenders, if we are being honest. He has a bit of everything, and while he isn’t the biggest for a central defender, he doesn’t get dominated in the air very often.
A once club-record £4m signing, Egan is looking like being one of the bargains of the last 20 years, never mind just one of the best players in 2020.
George Baldock/David McGoldrick
Picking a third standout for the year was tough work so we’ve gone with two players who have shown equal amounts of quality, willing, and work-ethic throughout 2020.
Baldock has remained an ever-present, a remarkable feat for a player at wing-back and in the main, he’s remained consistent but for some issues with his final ball at times.
As for McGoldrick, the goals have started to come a bit more easily after his nightmare start to last season in front of the net. Frankly, we are a better team overall whenever he is on the field.
Both players deserve a mention so this is a joint third place for the Blades pair. Noteable mentions could go to Sander Berge, who has looked excellent since the summer, while it would also be unfair not to mention Dean Henderson for the six months of 2020 he gave us.