Sheffield United LIVE: Chris Wilder gives Lys Mousset injury update | Rhian Brewster in line to start against old club | Team news and more from pre-Liverpool press conference
It’s Thursday and it’s press conference day at Shirecliffe.
We heard from Chris Wilder this morning as Sheffield United prepare to take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
Here’s the best of everything the Blades boss said, plus everything else coming out of Bramall Lane here on our LIVE United news blog.
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Sheffield United news LIVE: Chris Wilder press conference
Last updated: Thursday, 22 October, 2020, 16:59
- The Blades take on Liverpool on Saturday night
- Liverpool beat Ajax 1-0 last night
- Chris Wilder had his press conference this morning, with Jack Robinson also facing the media
- Everton paid United “a lot less” than £1.5m for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, says David Unsworth
Moose on the comeback trail 🏴☠️
Fingers crossed on this one!
Unsworth: Everton paid ‘lot less’ than £1.5m for Calvert-Lewin
David Unsworth says Everton paid “a lot less” than £1.5m for Dominic Calvert-Lewin when they raided Sheffield United for the youngster who has become the Premier League’s top scorer this season.
United were in League One when Calvert-Lewin was sold, and both the Blades and their former striker - now an England international, and goalscorer - have enjoyed a meteoric rise since.
“I can assure you it was nowhere near the amount of money that people bandied about!” Unsworth told Sky Sports. "I won't say the exact fee but it was a lot less than what you just quoted.
"I still smile when I think about how we managed to prise him away. It was all about timing.
“Sheffield United were in League One and had just got a new manager. Dominic wasn't going to play a big part in trying to get them out of League One. Chris [Wilder] decided to go down the experience route and has proven to be very successful.
“[Calvert-Lewin] has just gone from strength to strength. He's an outstanding player, an outstanding young man, and we're all incredibly proud of him at Everton.”
A new look for Oli McB!
A few blasts from the past here
How many of these Bramall Lane old boys can you recognise?
It became a yearly event enjoyed by thousands of Sheffield football fans, who came together to watch their former players do battle under the Masters Football banner.
‘Concussion substitutes’ to be trialled in January
Trials of additional permanent concussion substitutes could begin in January, the game's law-makers have announced.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said its Concussion Expert Group (CEG) had met on Wednesday and said it was now preparing the ground for competitions to test new protocols.
"The members (of the expert group) recommended further consultation, working with the FIFA medical subdivision and other stakeholders, to facilitate trials to start from January 2021 for any competition that is interested in taking part," a statement on the IFAB website read.
The statement also said: "The CEG again emphasised that the protection of players is the main goal and that a clear and uniform approach is needed, which can operate effectively at all levels of the game.
"Therefore, the group agreed that applying an 'if in doubt, take them out' philosophy would be the best solution to safeguard the health of football players."
That would appear to show a direction of travel away from the idea preferred by world players' union FIFPRO for a 10-minute assessment period, during which time a temporary substitute comes onto the pitch and stays on if the player with suspected concussion cannot return.
The union has declined to comment.
The statement said the conclusions of the expert group would be discussed at the next meeting of IFAB's football and technical advisory panels on November 23, and that the matter would be reviewed at the organisation's annual business meeting in December.
Both the Football Association and Premier League have previously expressed interest in trialling additional permanent concussion substitutes, while world governing body FIFA had given the go-ahead for such a trial at the Olympic football tournament in Tokyo, which has now been delayed until next summer.
The FA is understood to remain interested, but there is no possibility of concussion trials being introduced into this season's FA Cup, with the competition already under way.
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said at the IFAB annual general meeting in February that he preferred a continuation of the three-minute assessment, saying: "The permanent substitute works best provided that there is an assumption that the player goes off.
"You're working on the assumption that the player almost has an option (to say they can play on), we're working on the assumption that if you go down the permanent substitution route, if there's a clash of heads and there's any suspicion of concussion there, they're off.
"Where you may end up in that situation is with what the medical people call false positives.
"You may end up pulling some people off who actually are then determined not to have had concussion. We would rather be on that side of the argument.
"But fundamentally we're not saying it means less likelihood of players coming off."
Former Blades goalkeeper gets a new club
Mark Howard, 34, joined Scunthorpe United this morning after signing a deal until the end of the current campaign.
The key talking points
from this morning’s press conference
Injuries, Rhian Brewster and European Premier League talk: Key talking points from Sheffield United's pre-Liverpool press conference
Chris Wilder and defender Jack Robinson faced the media this morning ahead of Sheffield United's clash with Premier League champions Liverpool this weekend.
‘We’re not far away'
says Jack Robinson
Robinson on Rhian Brewster
You can see he can finish, it's just getting him up to speed and the levels of the way we play and learning the shape, everything that comes with playing for Sheffield United. He has that striker instinct and sure he'll be an asset for this club.