Garth Crooks is feeling the wrath of the Sheffield United fans after his latest comments about their club.

Speaking as a pundit on the BBC’s Final Score, Crooks watched the Blades’ Premier League trip to Chelsea.

At the time they trailed 1-0 to the Blues thanks to the first of two goals from Tammy Abraham. Down 2-0 at half-time, United came back to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

“I’ve got to say this is the third game I’ve seen Sheffield United. They’re going to struggle,” Crooks said.

“They lack potency upfront and quite frankly, I think their style of football is quite basic for the Premier League.”

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Just as with Danny Mills and his suggestion on Sky Sports that the Blades are “direct”, what really riles supporters is the apparent lazy punditry.

Crooks is perfectly entitled to claim Chris Wilder’s side will struggle. That is his opinion and in truth, it is difficult for newly promoted teams to survive in the top flight.

What frustrates people is when they describe the style of sides they appear not to have watched. Calling United “basic” is in stark contrast to all those who have praised Wilder for his innovative tactics.

Tactics, it should be added, that have already earned his team five points in four league games. That has included points on the road against Bournemouth and Chelsea.

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