Lys Mousset was a notable absence from the Sheffield United squad for their 1-0 Premier League defeat to Everton.
Unnamed among the starting XI or substitutes, there is no known injury issues concerning Mousset.
Manager Chris Wilder did not offer any clarification after the game on why the striker wasn’t included, either, telling Yorkshire Live when asked about it:
“I don’t want to comment on that situation, thank you.”
Also considering Wilder’s comments to BBC Radio Sheffield about making changes upfront in the upcoming transfer window, there is every chance Mousset has played his last match for the Blades.
“A couple (of players) will go,” the 52-year-old said after the Toffees loss. “We’ll make a couple of decisions on a couple of players going to raise funds to bring in.
“We need more quality at the top of the pitch.”
Does Lys Mousset have a future at Sheffield United?
It has been a varied first season at Bramall Lane for Mousset following his £10m (BBC Sport) switch from Bournemouth last summer.
Mousset has provided four assists and has a far better minutes-per-goal tally than McBurnie as well.
The Frenchman said “two big family problems” in December had affected his performances.
Unfortunately, not much seems to have changed since then. Mousset’s goal in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur is his only notable influence since English football’s restart.
Now the attacker’s mysterious disappearance casts doubts over his future in South Yorkshire. Especially with Wilder specifically mentioning his strike force as an area that needs improving.
What the next move for Mousset would be is unclear. As is whether the Blades could expect to recoup their £10m outlay.
Either way, something is clearly not right with the situation.