Olly writes his latest article ahead of Saturday’s away match at QPR.
After we’ve lost our opening two games of the new season I’m hoping that CW has addressed what the problems are with the team since Tuesday’s very poor showing at Boro.
There’s a lot of talk and speculation on Twitter as to who the midfield may comprise of, with Lundstram not a keen favourite to get a starting place ahead of the influential Duffy. To be fair you could see the difference in attacking play as soon as Duffy had been introduced from the bench in the Boro and the Swansea games.
Tuesday’s match looked more like a long-ball game with the defence by-passing the midfield three as there were no attack-minded players, apart from Fleck, who could run at the opposition. So will Duffy start? Who will be up front? I think Sharp should be given the chance to start ahead of Leon this time. Leon, although starved of service from the lacklustre midfield, has been largely ineffective over the first two games, and McGoldrick seems to have done more of the running about harassing the opposition defenders.
The transfer window closure means we’ll have to rely on loans now that we failed to secure any new signings yesterday. I did see a list of ins and outs and with only a few players coming in, there’s been a hell of a lot of guys out both sold and on loan. It does beg the question as to whether there’s something going on at BDTBL that the fans are unaware of, especially when you are desperate for a striker and let players such as Ched disappear out on loan. Plus the fact that we’ve paid four million pounds on a defender, who in my opinion isn’t worth the amount of money paid so far with his performances, and yet we haven’t secured the services of a front man. Perhaps it’s going to be a case of dipping into the youth squad and seeing if there are any players capable of making the move up to senior football.
Anyway, I’ll be listening to BBC Radio Sheffield commentary on Saturday, to see what Keith Edwards has to say about it! I hope all the travelling Blades have a safe journey and drown the home supporters out with their usual strong backing of the team, our fans are the best twelfth man of the League!
Olly Longden (RFA)
Sheffield United MOD/Armed Forces Supporters Branch