Alan Biggs at Large: Michael Doyle deserves credit for consistent key role at Sheffield United

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One thing that gives a manager a clearer view of his best team is less bodies in front of him.

Sheffield United have too many.

There are currently 29 including those loaned in or out – and not including a few youngsters on the fringe of match day involvement but contained in the squad.

That’s 30 for the sake of nice round figures.

The depth is impressive, the problem is duplication. Of these, a dozen are midfielders which is the main area of overstocking.

But, much as I’m sure Nigel Clough would accept all of that and look to run a pool of up to 25 in future, there are reasons why the numbers have grown – not least the sheer number of matches this season.

After runs in both cups, United will have played 60 by the end of the league campaign. Hopefully this tally will then climb to 63!

With healthy backing from above, Clough has acted to keep the club covered in the face of injuries.

On the other hand, the choice between midfielders is wafer thin in many cases and will need fining down in future.

One choice remaining constant has been Michael Doyle and, considering he started the season as a shock omission, all credit to him as the cornerstone of the team.