Pundit slams Sheffield United's style of play AGAIN, Blades stars set for contract talks, and more

Sheffield United enjoyed another cracking win at Bramall Lane at the weekend, and the Blades feature heavily in today’s Premier League rumours.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 6:15 am
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Pundit Garth Crooks has again slammed Sheffield United’s style of play as ‘basic’.

Crooks previously made the claim on Final Score when Sheffield United were down to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – United surprised Crooks by coming back to draw 2-2.

The pundit made the claim again in his BBC team of the week, expressing his shock at their good start to the season.

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He said: "Twenty five points after 17 league games? Every time I watch Sheffield United I'm left scratching my head wondering how a team playing such basic football can be fifth in the table.

"Players like Chris Basham, John Lundstram and John Fleck, all of whom have now made my team of the week at some stage, are clearly the reasons why. Apart from the fact the Blades are very difficult to beat and wear you down, like any decent puncher they can deliver a knockout blow.

"Their approach is proving to be simple but very effective. They are making the Premier League look ordinary."

In other news, Sheffield United will open talks with John Egan regarding a new deal, in addition to talks already planned with John Lundstram and Enda Stevens.

Moving to secure the futures of three key players is sure to please Blades fans enjoying a dream return to the Premier League.

The rest of today’s Premier League rumours:

Manuel Pellegrini will remain in charge of West Ham United over Christmas after guiding the side to victory over Southampton. (The Guardian)

Contrary to reports Arsenal have not approached Wolves for permission to speak to boss Nuno Espirito Santo. (Express and Star)

Swansea City are winning the race to bring in Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on a loan deal in January. (The Telegraph)

Arsenal’s managing director was spotted leaving Mikel Arteta’s house in the early hours, sparking rumours that a return to The Emirates is imminent for the Manchester City assistant coach. (Various)

Everton are keen to bring in either former boss David Moyes, or a glamour appointment in ex-AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti. (The Sun)