Why Chris Wilder can't wait to unleash Sheffield United's 'game-changer' Lys Mousset after injury
Chris Wilder admits he can't wait to let Lys Mousset off the leash after describing the fit-again Sheffield United striker as a "game-changer".
Mousset has returned to full training ahead of schedule after picking up a rare toe injury in pre-season, and may play a part tomorrow evening when the Blades travel to West Brom looking for their first win of the Premier League campaign.
"He's been a huge miss for us," Wilder said.
"He was outstanding since his transfer last season and he's a game-changer. He's got raw pace and offers something out of the ordinary.
"We're looking for game-changers in the group. One of my criticisms is that we've not taken big chances and delivered in big moments, to change tight games.
"And Lys comes into that game-changer category and we're delighted to have him back.
"It's a huge boost for us. I think you saw the effect of John Fleck in the team on Sunday on everyone around him.
"It's been the same with Lys, he's lifted the place and we want all our big players back. He's certainly a big player for us."
Mousset finished the season as United's joint top scorer last season, following his move from AFC Bournemouth, despite his campaign being disrupted by fitness and personal issues.
He suffered a family bereavement, and was given permission to return to France before the end of last season to attend the birth of his child.
United have fitness concerns over Enda Stevens and one other player, who Wilder declined to name, before the trip to the Hawthorns.
"All these are contact injuries, which is really unfortunate," the United manager said.
"It's not bad practice up here at Shirecliffe or overuse or being carefree with the welfare of the players.
"Enda's injury was a block tackle trying to keep the ball out the net at Chelsea. Fleck landed on his back with Scotland, while Mousset's and O'Connell's injuries were contact ones too.
"We pride ourselves on a healthy group and they work hard in the gym and on preparation, but it's something you have to deal with."