In a day when pundits offer insight on every Premier League club, it’s easy for incorrect comments and assumptions to be made.
Last season we saw it quite a lot with Sheffield United early on in the campaign, where, despite our excellent form and football, question marks were still left hanging over us from some in the media.
But one man who has always been consistent in his analysis and knowledge of the club is Tony Cascarino and speaking to Talksport yesterday before the defeat at Palace, he hit the nail on the head with some of the issues that have held the club back.
“Losing Dean Henderson was a massive problem. He kept United in games with a huge number of big saves,” he said.
“Jack O’Connell, massive loss. Lundstram, is out of contract and wants to get away, clearly a problem. John Fleck, being injured, another problem. Mousset up top, their top scorer last season, injured, another problem.”
Cascarino talked, as so many and Wilder himself has, about the small margins in games at the moment which aren’t shifting the balance of power in our favour.
However, he did question some of the recruitment, saying if there was a negative, that may be it, adding:
“If you’re going to crticise anything it’s going to be, going into the market, bringing in McBurnie, not quite got enough goals. Brewster, young lad – who might well be a top player in the future – expected to score the goals.”
“I think there’s been lots of things that have made a really small difference.”
Cascarino went on further in his interview to defend Chris Wilder, insisting he could have left before signing his new contract at United.
The pundit praised Wilder for changing the culture of the whole club, reminding fans that under Nigel Adkins, the fans and players couldn’t actually stand being around each other. A point well made, in fairness.
Finally, Cascarino touched on budgets and compared the Blades to Aston Villa and the pursuit of Ollie Watkins.
“Sheffield United couldn’t get anywhere near what Aston Villa paid, both in fee and wages, to sign Ollie Watkins, someone who Chris Wilder wanted.
“And therein lies the problem in itself”.