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To say Sheffield United are enjoying their return to the Championship is an understatement.
The Blades are currently third in the table after 4 consecutive league wins. Having spent 6 seasons in League One you would perhaps except the Yorkshire club to start cautiously.
Manager Chris Wilder had a different view, stating before the season that he wanted Bramall Lane to be the most intimidating ground in the Championship. His team only lost 3 home games last season and he was keen for his players to bring that form with them.
The Blades have won each of their three home games so far and will hope to continue the run against Norwich tomorrow. Although not able to compete financially with their opponents Wilder has praised the club’s supporters, who have backed the team loudly both home and away.
The players that have come in have been a mixture of bargain purchases, free agents and loans, including Jamal Blackman and Cameron Carter-Vickers from Chelsea and Tottenham respectively.
Carter-Vickers scored the winner against Bolton on his debut Tuesday but is not guaranteed to start on Saturday, such is the strength of their squad.
Sharp in front of goal
A deal for Watford forward Jerome Sinclair collapsed on deadline day but United haven’t struggled for goals; fan favourite Billy Sharp has continued his extraordinary form of previous seasons, netting four goals so far.
New signing Clayton Donaldson added a brace to overcome Sunderland.
Sheffield United are currently third, their highest league position since April 2009. That was also the last time they won 5 games in a row. But Wilder is not worried about growing expectations, saying that being in the Championship is the minimum the club should be achieving.
Future looking bright for the Blades
The future looks bright for the Blades, with co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud promising to keep investing in the club to ensure they keep in the hunt for promotion.
With an inspirational manager like Chris Wilder building on their fantastic start there’s no reason the club won’t be in contention come the end of the season.
Written by Matthew Robson
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