This article is part of our ‘End of Season Report’ feature, where we at Sheffield United News will reflect and grade the performances of our squad from the recently concluded Premier League season.
Following on from yesterday’s look at Dean Henderson, we move onto the back five and take a look at our very own ‘Star Man’, George Baldock.
After signing from MK Dons in the summer of 2017, few Blades fans would admit they saw Baldock going on to become quite the player he has. Quick, strong, aggressive, and with a seemingly never-ending engine, the 27-year-old has been fantastic in his three years at the club.
It’s quite amazing to look back as well that Baldock has had his doubters along the way. First, Kieron Freeman was already established and many thought Baldock would play second-fiddle after Freeman’s impressive League One campaign.
Secondly, following promotion to the PL, there were some who questioned whether Baldock offered enough defensively and if he would have the quality in the final third to really become a top wing-back at elite level.
Baldock, to his credit, has answered those doubts emphatically.
Room for improvement as always but a superb season for George
Our right wing-back won’t simply settle for a ninth place finish and a good first season in the Premier League. A lot of the time, Baldock embodies everything that is so good about this Sheffield United team. He’s passionate, gives 100% every week, and seems to have embraced the ‘Wilder Way’ more than most.
The 27-year-old played every single minute of Premier League football this term. A massive achievement for anyone, never mind a wing-back.
Add to that the four assists and two goals he got and it’s been quite the season for Baldock. He’s kept Kieron Freeman at bay all season – barring the cup games – and is truly one of Wilder’s most influential players.
Could his final ball be a bit better at times? Yes. Will he want more goals from the positions he gets in? Of course. But casting that aside, we think George Baldock has been monumental and will only come back fitter and better next season.