Home F365 says early loser: Wilder misses a chance like his Sheff Utd striker
Sheffield United is only the third team in Premier League history to have just one point after nine games. Both Manchester City 1995-96 and Sheffield Wednesday 1999-00 were relegated. Chris Wilder needs to find a way to create opportunities and score goals.
They are nowhere near as solid defensively as they were last season. They conceded eight more than the same time and Wilder deployed his fifth other three on Sunday to try to find a solution. But without conceding they won’t stay in the Premier League. It’s the lack of attack power that kills them.
It’s not as if Wilder didn’t see the problem coming: he secured Rhian Brewster’s club record that summer. The striker didn’t score in his first three starts and wasn’t really close, but they were against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. It was a bit strange to let him out of a game where you would expect the odds to be less.
Would Brewster have hit when Ollie McBurnie hit the bar? Or when he shot it straight at the goalkeeper? Would he have shown a little composure on two pinball occasions in the first half?
It was Brewster’s brilliant control, spin, and pass ball that fell off the bench that led to McBurnie’s shot over the bar. If the Liverpool academy graduate had passed on to himself, Sheffield United would likely have doubled their score for the season. Wilder has spent £ 23m on a striker who is able to convert chances that his other options are consistently missing out on: he can’t prove it if he doesn’t play him.
The blades don’t produce much and their xG of 0. 69 v West Ham suggests chances production is just as problematic, and it is – the ever-changing overlapping center-backs don’t have nearly the influence of last season and the midfield trio of Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Sander With every game, Berge looks more and more crafted. But a season xG of 8. 66 shows the suffering of their sick strikers, considering they only scored four goals. Wolves have an xG 6. 92 and you have 12 more points.
West Ham should actually have put the game to bed in the second half. But the goal for Sebastien Haller – a first goal from 20 meters – is worth more than any icing that could have been put on the cake. David Moyes will have been concerned that Michail Antonio’s injury would affect the Hammers’ more than viable start to the season: Haller, who came on, will have impressed him.
Only five teams have ever scored fewer than four Sheffield United goals after nine Premier League games. Two of them avoided the fall and, of course, Sheffield United still can. But the highest level of trust they built last season has waned. You have to start over.
This team can’t go back to basics, their football style doesn’t allow it. West Brom next is huge. Brewster has to start and someone has to score.
Wilder was visibly disappointed at full time when Sheff Utd suffered another Premier League defeat this season.
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