In my column last week I went through Sheffield United’s remaining fixtures and looked realistically and historically about what we could get out of each game.
I said we could get definitely get a draw against Queens Park Rangers. The more I think about it though the more Adel Taarabt makes me extremely nervous. Over the last few months I seem to mention him at least once a week on Sky Sports News and he is really enjoying his football at the moment.
Fifteen goals and 15 assists in 37 Championship games have put him on some serious radar. Newcastle United are currently looking at him, as well as the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. I wish they’d just take him now before our game against QPR. I bet Tottenham are kicking themselves for letting the Championship player of the year slip through their fingers.
I’m sure the Blades squad have been working on every method and whatever it takes to contain the attacking midfielder. If not then they best do starting this very second.
Like Taraabt, three of our own players were away on international duty over the weekend. Ched Evans, Daniel Bogdanovic and Bjorn Helge Riise, as well as teenage striker Jordan Slew who featured in England’s Under 19s friendly in Holland. Despite our league position and our current fears of relegation, we at least have some international pedigree.
Evans was reunited with former Blades boss Gary Speed but couldn’t quite make the impact he’d have liked for his second half stint.
Hopefully he will come back refreshed for Monday’s battle at Loftus Road. Seven goals in his last 19 appearances but Evans needs to start firing them in consistently, February 22 was the last time he netted.
The forward had a decent drive against Leeds but his confidence on the ball isn’t that of a goal-scorer who knows he’s going to score. Bogdanovic had a good run for Malta but again where are the goals? Five goals for him so far this season out of 33 appearances. Fourteen for him last year out of 35 appearances.
Every time I watch the Blades I feel there is still a fear of the ball, as if everybody on the pitch is scared of taking a risk, making a run or just going for the goal, in case they make a mistake.
We must start taking risks and eliminate the mentality of playing scared. We’re in a dire situation no matter which way we look at things even through rose tinted glasses. There’s nothing to lose.