Sheffield United legend reveals who he thinks will play up front for Blades against Norwich City

Sheffield United travel to Norwich City this afternoon with the rare goal of bouncing back from a defeat.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 10:23 am

The Blades head to Carrow Road off the back of a controversial 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Thursday night which was just the fourth time they’d been on the wrong side of a result in the Premier League so far this season.

In that game against Steve Bruce’s side, Chris WIlder chose Billy Sharp and Oli McBurnie to lead the line up front as the campaign heads into its busiest time.

Fellow forwards David McGoldrick and, in particular, Lys Mousset had been in excellent form of late and were missed at Bramall Lane.

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Oliver McBurnie of Sheffield United puts his head in the net after missing a chance during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. James Wilson/Sportimage

Former United striker Brian Deane understands why Wilder made the change, but he is full expecting a change up top against the Canaries today.

Speaking on Talksport, the Lane legend said: “I think you have to keep rotating at this level.

“You'll have Oli and Billy on the bench but they need (game) time - it's an important period that the team are coming up to now. If you look at it (against Newcastle) was a good game to try something in some respects.”

Deane added on whether he thought Mousset and McGoldrick would return: “(Wilder) is going to look for a little bit more mobility. Norwich are going to push forward and that's where Mousset comes alive and you have McGoldrick who gives them a little bit more insurance in getting control of the midfield areas because he does drop in quite well.”

Sheffield United legend Brian Deane is expecting Lys Mousset and David McGoldrick to play up front against Norwich City. Simon Bellis/Sportimage

On the match, Deane said he felt Norwich will see this fixture as one they could be getting points from but that may play into the hands of United.

“I think Norwich will look at it as a home game they have to win and they'll come after the three points that's why I think it's set up better for Sheffield United. They are under less pressure but Norwich will look at it and think 'we've played this team in the Championship last year' so they will go out there...it will be different to playing Liverpool at home for example.These are the games Norwich will feel they have to win.”