Being the Boss: EIGHT changes - James Shield picks his Sheffield United team to take on Burnley

It’s onto the cup for Sheffield United and a quick opportunity for the Blades to shake off Monday night’s defat to Wolves.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 1:16 pm
The Star's Sheffield United writer James Shield has stepped into Chris Wilder's shoes to pick his side to take on Burnley tonight

Burnley are United’s opponents at Turf Moor and with a number of changes expected, James Shield gets out his marker and scribbles what his starting XI would be, on the virtual whiteboard.

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Aaron Ramsdale won’t want to be rested but, if his services are required at Premier League level, Foderingham needs to be properly prepared. Or as properly prepared as possible. And that means playing when the opportunity arises.

Chris Holt, Football Editor

Has already shown he has the engine and endurance levels to cope with playing three games in the space of seven days, even after an imperfect pre-season programme. Burnley are a top-flight club and so United must select their best back three.
Set-pieces will be crucial at Turf Moor and the centre-half scored from one when the two clubs met at this ground in Premier League competition last season. A real presence at both ends of the pitch and, like Basham, can cope with the schedule.
There’s an argument -and a very good argument - that Jack Robinson should be given a chance to play and improve his understanding of United’s system. But unless O’Connell features, then any insight Max Lowe and Jayden Bogle gain into how it really operates will be limited.
Is likely to have done a huge amount of work on the training pitch and in the video analysis room since arriving from Derby County, studying the complexities of how United like to set-up. But only by playing will Lowe truly begin to understand what is required.
Like Lowe, Bogle was signed from County. And like Lowe, he did not appear on the team sheet for United’s opening match of the new Premier League season. Barring injury or illness, it would not make sense to leave either of them out here.
Can operate at centre-half but, unless United are affected by injuries or suspensions at the back, I suspect the on-loan Chelsea player will prove more of an asset in midfield, where his eye for a pass and ability to execute it can help bring fresh dynamism.
One of United’s most impressive performers during pre-season and unfortunate not to start against Wolves on Monday night. I can’t see the former Nottingham Forest man not being involved against Burnley.
United’s attack would benefit from an injection of extra pace and, until Lys Mousset can prove his fitness, a little unpredictability. The Scot brings both and could turn out to be a real masterstroke of a signing in time.