Sheffield United star says his team mates have taken off the shackles in their bid for Premier League survival

Sheffield United are preparing to take a series of calculated risks during tonight’s match against West Ham, defender Max Lowe has admitted, after conceding they must “take off the shackles” to stand any chance of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 6:00 am

Bottom of the table with only 15 games of the season remaining, United’s hopes of retaining top-flight status are hanging by a thread despite winning six of their last nine outings in all competitions.

Speaking earlier this month, manager Chris Wilder warned it would be foolish to try and “blow away” sides in the top-half of the table because of the attacking firepower at their disposal. Although Lowe agrees, he suggested coaching staff have now instructed the players under their command to begin throwing caution to the wind when the opportunity arises.

“We need to take the shackles off now and just go for it,” Lowe, a summer signing from Derby County, said. “Everybody has written us off now so we just need to try and build momentum, belief and just go for it.”

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Lowe and Jayden Bogle, who also made the move from Pride Park last year, have impressed Wilder with the speed with which they have adapted to United’s 3-5-2 system after playing in a flat back four for County.

Bogle has taken full advantage of the freedom the formation affords him by scoring three goals in his last 11 appearances, and was disappointed not to add to that total during Wednesday’s FA Cup win over Bristol City.

“He’s getting into some great positions,” Lowe said. “It’s great to have that competition.”

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Max Lowe says Sheffield United are giving everything in their battle to retain Premier League status: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Max Lowe is expected to feature for Sheffield United at West Ham tonight: Andrew Yates/Sportimage