Sheffield United: Why this Blades star believes the future is bright at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United can maintain their form over the Christmas period, one of Chris Wilder’s most influential performers this season has claimed, despite the manager’s admission he could be forced to make changes to help his squad cope with a gruelling fixture schedule.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 4:57 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 5:00 pm

Tomorrow’s visit to Brighton and Hove Albion is the first of six matches United will play before January 10, with games against reigning champions Manchester City and Premier League leaders Liverpool featuring on their agenda.

Although Wilder is likely to use next month’s FA Cup tie against AFC Fylde to rest key players, he has acknowledged that injuries and suspensions could also force his hand.

John Fleck is ruled-out of the meeting with Albion after collecting his fifth caution of the campaign during last weekend’s win over Aston Villa, while George Baldock, John Lundstram and Oliver Norwood will miss Boxing Day’s clash with Watford if they are booked at the AMEX Stadium.

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But, having assessed the depth of talent at Wilder’s disposal, centre-forward Lys Mousset said: “There are going to be a lot of games together, players who are maybe not playing now coming into the team and I think they will do well.”

Ben Osborn, a summer signing from Nottingham Forest, will be among those hoping for an opportunity while Callum Robinson and Oli McBurnie could also start on a more regular basis if Wilder reverts to his previous policy of rotating United’s attack.