Sheffield United: Owls hero 'chuffed to bits' for Blades boss Chris Wilder and Leon Clarke

In-form Blades striker Leon Clarke and United manager Chris Wilder have come in for praise from a Sheffield Wednesday legend
In-form Blades striker Leon Clarke and United manager Chris Wilder have come in for praise from a Sheffield Wednesday legend
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He may hold legendary status in the blue half of Sheffield but that didn't stop one Wednesday hero pouring praise on United for their start to the campaign.

John Sheridan has hailed the job Chris Wilder has done at Bramall Lane since taking charge at the beginning of last season and says he is 'chuffed' for the Blades boss.

And having watched United this season Sheridan, who spent seven years at rivals Wednesday as a player in the late 80s and early 90s, says they are capable of making it a second promotion in two years having gone up to the second tier as champions last term.

Speaking to Alan Biggs on Sheffield Live, Sheridan said: "They have surprised me but not with the manager I think, with his momentum from the past year or two.

"I know Chris well I get on really well with him. I'm chuffed to bits for him.

"Even though I'm an ex-Sheffield Wednesday player. I always like to see teams in the Yorkshire area do well. Chris is doing a brilliant job. I've seen them playing and they're playing with loads of confidence. They look as though if they keep playing as they are they are going to be up there at the end of the season.

United manager Chris Wilder

United manager Chris Wilder

"With January just around the corner, if they can strengthen as well, bring a bit more quality in. it would be a massive plus for him."

Sheridan went on to acknowledge the recent goalscoring exploits of Leon Clarke.

The Blades striker, who scored four goals in a humbling of Hull City last weekend, played under Sheridan twice at Oldham and at Chesterfield.

And Clarke's form in a United shirt has not come as a shock to Sheridan who says he always had belief in the forward's ability and that this is the kind of form he should have been producing years ago.

John Sheridan brought Leon Clarke in on loan twice at two different clubs

John Sheridan brought Leon Clarke in on loan twice at two different clubs

"It doesn't surprise me what (Clarke's) doing, he should have done it a lot earlier in his career for all the attributes he's got," added Sheridan. "He done well for me on both occasions (at Oldham and Chesterfield) .

"He's got everything you want in a striker., He's showing that in this moment in time. He's playing out of his skin.

"For me he should have been doing that four or five years ago. Maybe he's just got the right manager and the right team. Everything about him at the moment is top drawer. It's a shame he is 32, if he was doing this at 24, 25 there'd be a few looking at him."