Sheffield United: Goal target for Blades midfielders

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has demanded his shot-shy midfielders start chipping in with goals as they bid to move away from the League One drop zone.

The South Yorkshire club have averaged less than one goal a game in their 16 league fixtures this season, with three of those strikes coming in Clough’s first match in charge, against Crewe Alexandra.

Harry Maguire remains United’s leading marksman with five goals in all competitions. None of his teammates have mustered more than two.

Jose Baxter, who impressed after coming on as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Gillingham, has found the back of the net just once since moving to Bramall Lane while fellow summer signings Florent Cuvelier, Febian Brandy, Stephen McGinn and Conor Coady have all yet to open their accounts.

Clough told The Star: “We need goals from all over. You can’t just rely on the strikers these days.

“The midfield has definitely got to contribute more goals.”

Harry Bunn and Joe Ironside were on target as United’s under-21 side defeated Coventry City 2-1 yesterday.