Ollie Norwood will lead Sheffield United battle with Brighton this weekend as the Blades look to extend their unbeaten away run.
The Blades skipper, who has taken the armband with Billy Sharp not playing, has been integral for Chris Wilder’s team. Sitting in front of the back three, Norwood has been the glue holding the midfield three together.
His work alongside both John Fleck and John Lundstram has drawn plenty of praise this term. However, with Fleck missing through suspension for the trip the AMEX, Norwood will be more crucial than ever for the Blades.
A trip to Brighton gives Ollie Norwood the chance to visit one of his former clubs. The former Northern Ireland man spent one full season with the Seagulls, helping them to promotion to the Premier League.
Spells with Fulham and United, both on loan, followed, before he sealed a permanent switch to Bramall Lane in 2018.
Why Ollie Norwood will be looking to get one over on Brighton
Despite being a key cog in the team that won promotion from the Championship, Norwood was never afforded his Premier League chance by the Seagulls.
A plethora of new players came into the fold under then-manager, Chris Hughton. While Dale Stephens kept his place in the middle of the park, Norwood was replaced by players such as Davy Propper and Mathias Normann.
Norwood went on to prove his worth at Championship level once again that season. He helped Fulham to promotion to the Premier League. However, much like his spell with Brighton, the Cottagers opted to replace the midfielder with new faces.
That path led him to Sheffield United. Norwood is valued at Bramall Lane. Loved by both Chris Wilder and the Blades fans.
Ollie Norwood leads his team in red and white out at Brighton this weekend. He’ll be more determined than ever, then, to impose himself and win the midfield battle.