Sheffield United: The major conundrum facing The Blades ahead of Friday's clash with Bristol City

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, is undecided whether to give players the chance to make amends for their below-par display at Millwall or wield the axe ahead of this week's home game against Bristol City.

Tuesday, 5th December 2017, 4:59 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7:09 am
Billy Sharp will be hoping for a recall to the starting eleven: Robin Parker/Sportimage
Billy Sharp will be hoping for a recall to the starting eleven: Robin Parker/Sportimage

Despite describing claims his team selection contributed to Saturday’s defeat in London as “garbage”, Wilder indicated he could contemplate recalling the likes of Jake Wright and Billy Sharp for the meeting with Lee Johnson’s side.

“Do I make changes? We’ll have to see,” he said. “There’s two ways of looking at it but we’ll sit down and work out what we believe is the right thing to do.

Jake Wright could return on Friday night: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

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“We’re better than what we showed last time out. We know we are, I know we are, the lads know they are. But there’s no use thinking it. You’ve got to go out and prove it every single time.”

Despite scoring during United’s set-back at The Den, David Brooks could be in a vulnerable position ahead of City’s visit after Wilder admitted “I don’t like to see my players doing that, waving their arms around and what have you” in an apparent reference to the Wales international’s caution for diving.

Captain Billy Sharp and Jake Wright will be among those hoping for recalls when fourth placed United host the team directly above them in the Championship table in three days time.

Caolan Lavery, Ben Heneghan and Jake Eastwood played all 90 minutes of yesterday’s under-23’s clash with Huddersfield Town as strikes from Tyler Smith (2), Oliver Greaves and Nathan Thomas saw Travis Binnion’s side run out 4-2 winners. Smith’s claimed his first from a Thomas set-piece before converting Rhys Norrington-Davies’ cross.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is facing a big decision later this week: Robin Parker/Sportimage
Jake Wright could return on Friday night: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is facing a big decision later this week: Robin Parker/Sportimage