Revealed: Shocking table highlights true extent of Sheffield United's VAR woes

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been a vocal critic of VAR, and judging by this table, it is understandable.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 12:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 12:30 pm
The Blades have been punished regularly by VAR

We all know that Sheffield United haven’t enjoyed VAR’s introduction too much this season - but even disgruntled fans may be surprised to hear just how damaging it has been for the Blades.

Sheffield United have a net loss of six goals due to VAR, meaning that out of every Premier League club, Chris Wilder’s side have benefited the least.

Wilder said back in December that VAR was ‘sucking the life’ out of him after Jonjo Shelvey’s controversial goal in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.

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He is unlikely to be any more positive about VAR after seeing the table that has been compiled by Dale Johnson of ESPN.

Brighton & Hove Albion have benefited from VAR more than any other side, as they are seven goals better off than they would otherwise would be.

Sheffield United and Norwich City have six less goals than they theoretically would have had without VAR, with Wolves and West Ham also hard-done-by with four less.

Some have attributed VAR to Liverpool’s success this season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have actually only made a net gain of one goal over the course of the season.

The technology has endured a controversial introduction in the top flight, with a number of clubs expressing concerns about its implementation so far this season.

Wilder will hope that luck is on the Blades’ side more frequently in the final months of the season.