Sheffield United: 'All-round midfielder' - The statistics that show Oliver Norwood has seized his Premier League chance after missing opportunity with Manchester United, Brighton and Fulham
These are the statistics that suggest Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood has seized his Premier League chance after previously missing the opportunity with Manchester United, Brighton and Fulham.
The midfielder won his third promotion in as many years to the top flight earlier this year with United, after previously helping Brighton and Fulham into the Premier League.
But remarkably, Norwood had not played a minute of top-flight football until he made his Premier League debut on the opening day of this season with United.
Previously of Manchester United, Norwood was released in 2012 and played for Huddersfield Town and Reading before signing for Brighton.
These statistics, shared by Twitter account The Bladesman, show Norwood has grasped his Premier League chance – and is determined not to lose it.
“We don’t want this to be a one-season thing,” Norwood said. “We don’t want to say we’ve played against all these teams and it was a one-off. We want Premier League football to stay at Bramall Lane, year after year.
“It maybe took a few games for us to get used to the level, because we’re up against world-class players. But we’ve found our feet now, I think, and we're looking up, not behind.
"We're looking up, not behind. Seeing who we can catch. That's just the mentality of the gaffer and these players. How far can we take it?
“These players we’re playing against, they've got two arms and two legs haven’t they? They're only human. Transfer fees and wages are irrelevant when it’s 11 v 11, man against man. It's about winning your individual battles and in the majority of games, we’ve managed to do that. If anything, we’re a bit disappointed that we haven’t got even more points.
“But we're only looking forward. We want to establish this club in the Premier League for many years to come, and give the fans the club they deserve.”