Lys Mousset has been presented with the chance to save his Sheffield United career.
Mousset was the Blades’ joint top scorer last season following his switch from Bournemouth. His six Premier League goals helped United to ninth in 2019/20 – their highest finish since 1992.
Yet this time around Mousset has failed to score once. The striker has admittedly been hampered by injuries, while also having some off-field problems.
It’s been reported that Mousset has a “lack of professionalism” and has been linked with a summer exit. CSKA Moscow were said to be interested in the 25-year-old during the January transfer window.
Yet having shown so many glimpses of his potential last term, it would be a shame to see Mousset’s Bramall Lane career fizzle out.
Which was in danger of happening, before a double injury blow may have given the Frenchman one final chance.
Last chance saloon for Mousset at Sheffield United
Caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed this week that two of his forwards will miss the rest of the campaign.
As Heckingbottom explained to Sky Sports, Billy Sharp has had to undergo tendon surgery. Meanwhile, Oli McBurnie is sidelined with a foot injury.
That immediately reduces Heckingbottom’s first team attacking choices by a third. Along with Mousset, the 43-year-old also has Rhian Brewster, Oli Burke and David McGoldrick at his disposal.
There are also youth prospects such as Antwoine Hackford and Iliman Ndiaye.
But with two starting upfront in the current 3-5-2 formation, Mousset will surely be given more opportunities.
The former France Under-21 international has only played three times since January 2, all from the bench.
However, as relegation looms for the Blades, Mousset could be given a run of games to save his career there.
It’s make or break for the striker. Let’s see if he seizes his chance.