Dean Henderson's future, the best Blades player, photographic brilliance and a coach jumps ship: The best Sheffield United stories you may have missed this week
There may not be any football currently being played but that hasn’t stopped us at The Star from bringing you the very best news, interviews, features and a little bit of nostalgia centred on Sheffield United … as we always have done and always will.
You may have been tackling long division with your children or working hard from home and missed some of the dozens of stories that we published this past week.
So here’s a handy round-up of the best of our United content from the last seven days so you can catch up.
To kick things off, this past Monday night would have seen the annual The Star Football Awards take place. Obviously that couldn’t happen, so our team of football writers got together, virtually, to pick our Players of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Team of the Year.
James Shield then went into a bit more detail to back up why he chose his top United performer for the season.
And James also pointed out the fact that there was a ligitimate debate to be had for around eight or nine players picking up the prize – a fact that will obviously please the boss.
We revealed some news that will certainly give United fans something to smile about surrounding the future of popular goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is currently on loan from Manchester United.
Looking back, Danny Hall delved into the archives and picked out a Reserve League Cup winning-team from 1998, revealing the next steps in the young team’s career.
It was a year ago this week that United’s historic return to the Premier League was secured. A win over Ipswich on the Saturday was followed up by Leeds dropping points in controversial circumstances against Aston Villa a day later to prompt incredible scenes among the players at Bramall Lane. James, spoke to photographer Simon Bellis, to go into detail about that day and the pictrures that came out of it.
And here are the best of the rest of the pictures…
Danny and James spoke to United wing-back George Baldock this week over Skype and there were some interesting revelations.
Firstly, Baldock is being pushed by a team mate to step into the international scene and there’s also a new hobby being taken up in a bid to give him an extra edge.
Baldock also insisted Sheffield United's players will be as fit as any others in the Premier League - if and when the season does return after the Covid-19 suspension.
It’s often spoken about how United could fill a Premier League team of players who have come through the ranks at Shirecliffe. There appears to be a stunting of that conveyor belt of talent as the Blades pushed for the top flight. James took a look at some who have left recently who could have done a job, one who got left behind a little and others who are still hoping for a breakthrough.
We also had this incredible revelation. The scale of Sheffield United’s achievements since being promoted back to the Premier League have been laid bare by a new study which reveals they are out-performing two clubs worth a combined total of nearly £4,000m.
Danny brought us news of the stadia that could be used if and when football returns as the authorities look into having grounds dotted around the country host matches.
And finally, there was a crossing of the divide this week as one of Sheffield Wednesday’s backroon staff made the move to United.
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