Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has given an update on Lys Mousset.
There was speculation – including on this site – that Mousset could leave the club. This was after he was left out of the match day squad for the 1-0 defeat to Everton.
When asked about the absence of the striker following the loss, Wilder refused to comment.
Yet ahead of the final day of the Premier League season, the 52-year-old has finally explained why Mousset was not involved.
“It’s been a tough time for the young foreign boys because of lockdown, being on their own,” Wilder said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Southampton.
“Lys has had a few knocks and niggles, and his girlfriend just gave birth to their first child.
“I made that decision to allow Lys to go home.”
Where “home” is for Mousset is unclear. The 24-year-old, who has Senegalese heritage, was born and raised in France. But he has played in England since 2016 after joining Bournemouth.
What it does mean is that Mousset clearly left the United bubble. Presumably he will now have to self-isolate from his teammates as part of Covid-19 measures.
If Mousset is part of Wilder plans, what striker changes could there be?
While Mousset doesn’t look to be leaving Bramall Lane after all, Wilder has still stressed that he wants to improve his strike force during the upcoming transfer window.
The Frenchman is the current joint top-scorer alongside fellow summer signing, Oli McBurnie, with six league goals.
Veterans David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp have both recently signed new contracts with the club, so will also be staying.
Meanwhile, it’s still unclear whether the Blades will try and make Richairo Zivkovic’s loan from Changchun Yatai permanent.
One striker who is leaving is Leon Clarke. Yorkshire Live reports the 35-year-old will depart this month when his current deal expires.
Another forward whose future at United is uncertain is Callum Robinson. Robinson spent the second half of 2019/20 on loan in the Championship with West Bromwich Albion, helping them to promotion.
When pressed on the 25-year-old and his future with the club, Wilder refused to be drawn on the subject.