"Commitment, hard work and passion" - Sheffield United fans' player of 2020 sums up all those qualities and more

"Commitment, hard work and passion. If you have those three things, you have a good chance at Sheffield United."

Friday, 1st January 2021, 12:58 pm

The words of Christopher Paul Basham, a man who embodies all that is good about the Blades more than most.

Basham's commitment, hard work and passion have never been in question ever since he stepped through the door at Bramall Lane all those years ago.

But there is no shortage of skill there, too, which has been evident as the Blades have stepped into the Premier League.

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And it is that combination of qualities that has seen Basham win, by a landslide, The Star's fans' player of the calendar year award, as voted by Blades supporters in a Twitter poll.

Basham claimed a remarkable 70 per cent of the votes, with fans praising his all-action style whether deployed in defence or, increasingly often in recent weeks, in midfield.

The Blades are firmly in a relegation battle this season but Basham says: "There's no reason we can't get the job done".

"We're still in the Premier League. We all believe that we should be here,” the former Blackpool man added.

Chris Basham of Sheffield Utd tackles Yves Bissouma of Brighton: David Klein/Sportimage

"Yes, it's going to be really tough and obviously the results and the points tally that we've got shows that it's going to be tough, so we just need to go into every game and be as positive as we can, individually and collectively as a team, and try and get a result.

"As soon as we go off that wagon of being strong and being together, I think that's when you start being worried."