Sheffield United news RECAP: Blades could receive John Fleck boost | John Egan eyes European place | Leicester sweating over key players

Sheffield United take on Leicester City on Thursday night in a huge match in the race to earn a place in Europe next season.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 5:31 pm

Here’s a recap of all the biggest Blades news of the day.

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  • The Blades take on Leicester City on Thursday night
  • Chris Wilder spoke to the media this morning, with Ben Osborn following suit this afternoon
  • Wilder spoke about the racist message sent to David McGoldrick over the weekend

Fan movement gets Wilder’s backing

Yesterday, the DEM Blades fanzine wrote a guest column for The Star (read it HERE) on the subject of racism. Today, Chris Wilder has backed their anti-racism response

Manager applauds Sheffield United supporters' response to racism outrage

Chris Wilder has welcomed plans by a group of Sheffield United supporters to establish a movement designed to combat racism after David McGoldrick, the club’s centre-forward, was targeted by a social media troll following last weekend’s win over Chelsea.

What a boost this could be!

Sheffield United hope to welcome back Scotland star John Fleck when they face Leicester City in key Premier League clash

John Fleck must complete a rigorous series of checks and fitness tests before being considered for selection against Leicester City, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has admitted, after revealing the midfielder has made significant progress in his battle to overcome injury.

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‘Question marks’ over key Leicester pair

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits that James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are doubts for their game against Sheffield United on Thursday.

“We’re still assessing game by game Ben and James," he said. “We’ll leave it to the last moment. But there are question marks over them. Marc [Albrighton] picked up a knock and we’ll assess him too.”

Brendan Rodgers praises Chris Wilder

“Chris is certainly up there. I know from first-hand experience coming into this league, the challenge it is. To get the team tactically ready, and giving the players the confidence to succeed at this level, he’s done a brilliant job. They’ve had the momentum coming through. They fight, they run, but they also play with quality. We knew from early on in the season, when we played them, we saw the problems they can cause.”

‘No reason’ Blades can’t finish in Europe: Egan

John Egan says there is ‘no reason’ that the Blades can’t finish in Europe this season ahead of Thursday’s clash with Leicester City.

The Republic of Ireland defender told talkSPORT: “We’re in this position for a reason. We’re here because we’ve done well and picked up good results all season.

“The be-all and end-all is we’re a good team with good players and a good manager; so that gives you a chance. 

“Coming up to this league, we were all waiting to suss it out and waiting to see what it was like and after the first few games, we started playing our own football which we played in the Championship.

“We’ve just taken it to another level this year; we’ve become better every game.

“With three games left there’s no reason, if we do perform to our ability, why we can’t make a push and finish in one of those spots.”

On David McGoldrick

First and foremost it's unbelievable that that sort of stuff is still happening but Didzy's been amazing for us this season, he links the play so well and his work rate, he's been a real handful with Oli and been a nightmare for defenders, I wouldn't like to play against them both and ben rewarded with that first goal. He was confident he would deliver and delighted for him to finally get off the mark, it couldn't happen to a better lad.

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