Sheffield United Fan’s Column: Should we bring back Dean Hammond?

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As I heard someone say after the Southend calamity, despite having a new manager and several new players, United have slipped seamlessly from the last game of last season into similar performances in the new one.

Is it too early yet to start a Bring Back Dean Hammond campaign? And I then found myself reminiscing about those heady days of Bryan Robson when we were a mid-table Championship team with James Beattie, Kyle Naughton and Gary Cahill.

Chris Wilder quickly settled on what he believed to be his best XI, selecting the same starting line-up for the first four games. That may now change.

Discounting the horrendous defensive cock-ups in the first 15 minutes against Southend, the pattern of those first four matches was that plenty of balls were sent into the penalty area but with no end product. Hardly any shots on target (or even off target), and it seems that the players have an uncanny knack of finding the foot or head of a defender instead of a team-mate.

But at least you can see glimpses of what Wilder wants, which wasn’t always the case with his predecessor Nigel Adkins. He wants quick passing to the wings, he lets his full backs press forward sometimes leaving James Wilson and Jack O’Connell to man the defences on their own.

This may be why Hussey was nowhere to be seen for the first goal and O’Connell was caught in possession for the third.

With away matches coming up against two of the better teams from last season, starting at Millwall, Wilder has a job on his hands.

But then somebody said he lost his first four matches at Northampton before winning the next seven. We need something similar.

It was shocking to hear of Charlie Webster’s plight. I remember her as a little girl (then known as Charlotte) when her dad played in my Sunday League team. Get well soon Webbo.