Sheffield United progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last night, despite a number of disappointing performances from the likes of Lys Mousset, Sander Berge, and John Lundstram.
However, the Blades are in the hat for the next round and now have a serious chance of making Wembley.
But in order to make the semi or the final, United will need more from their players. In particular, they are going to need more from the aforementioned Mousset, who put in arguably his worst performance in a red and white shirt last night.
Mousset’s demeanour throughout seemed off. He gave the ball away on a number of occasions and despite feeding off scraps, looked a shadow of the player we saw earlier in the campaign.
Indeed, it is now 13 games without a goal for Mousset. In that time, he’s only started six of those games and has still yet to complete 90 minutes. It is, then, a worrying trend for Chris Wilder and something he’ll need to address.
Off the boil
There is definitely a player in there with Lys Mousset. He was in such fine form when he initially burst onto the scene in the opening few months of the season.
However, something seems to have changed along the way. It’s also quite worrying that he hasn’t completed 90 minutes yet. A lot of people will point to the fact he might need a full pre-season but I’m not sure that washes now given we are in March. Granted, it can also be hard coming into the team when you’ve not started many games.
Mousset should be fit enough to be competing regularly. It’s all well and good making the odd impact here and there but the Frenchman needs to be doing more. It is something we have covered previously on this site.
Last night, he was way off the levels expected. His touch was off, he failed to get in behind and created little alongside David McGoldrick.
With a bit of luck, things will click again for Lys Mousset. However, for now, he’s going to have to be content with a place on the bench given the form of Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp in the last few weeks.