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What has happened to Sheffield United?

After a fantastic return to the EPL last season that saw them be applauded by almost everyone for how they played and the teams they were beating and how hard they were to beat. Now a season on, and The Blades find themselves in what will no doubt be a relegation battle. It’s tough to say at this stage if it truly will be, but it is increasingly likely that it will. With only 1 point from 7 games, it’s been such a strange start for Chris Wilder’s side. I’m sure at the start of the season, no one would have predicted them to be at the foot of the table. To lose 6 games at this point, considering they only lost 12 all of last season doesn’t paint a good picture going forward.

Summer Signings Not Working Out

They’ve brought in some good quality in the Summer, but it hasn’t worked out. I do feel that they overpaid for Rhian Brewster as he’s unproven, and likely won’t be the savior that they need to move up the table, but they have to change their style if they are to get the best from him. They lack goals, and if you can’t score goals, you won’t win games and get points. It’s simple. Last season, they were dogged and a lot of results went their way, but it seems that this season even the close games aren’t going for them. They’ve been unlucky in a lot of fixtures, losing narrowly to most teams, but they do look like a different side from last season and have lost a lot of what they were good at. They’ve played some big teams already, so they have to forget the games they have played and focus on picking up points against teams that they would comfortably beat last season.

Changes Needed

They may still be hard to beat as each game shows in the scoreline that they don’t concede an awful lot, but they’re getting beat week in week out, and the game plan is obviously not working so far for them. It’s going to be a long season for them, because they aren’t creating a lot and they’re in real danger even at this early stage of the campaign. With only three goals scored from their seven games, they may need to change how they’re playing. They’re in a fight at the bottom of the table, something that a lot of the players won’t be used to as last season they were flying with confidence, but to turn things around they have to start playing differently and get points on the board. Even if it isn’t pretty on the eye, or it’s route one, they have to find a way to nick three points, or a point off a big game, like they would last season regularly because no game is easy at this level. Every loss makes next week tougher, and the hole gets bigger as time runs out. I can’t see them being relegated, but with another tough game ahead away to Chelsea, it is a fixture that could easily be another loss and another hit to their morale.