Sheffield United player grades against Spurs

Sheffield United were once again undone by late goals against Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium as they lost 2-1 at the death and also saw Oli McBurnie receive a second yellow card.

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Player grades

Wes Foderingham: 8 

In the first half, Foderingham played a pivotal role in keeping United in the game. His standout moments included denying Bissouma and deflecting Son’s curling shot wide. Although he faced an injury scare and received a booking for handling the ball outside the area under pressure, the keeper delivered yet another excellent performance. He continued to frustrate the hosts with impressive saves in the second half, particularly in the late stages, but he is still without a clean sheet.

Foderingham made eight saves against Spurs.

Jayden Bogle: 7

In the early stages of the match, the player set up a promising opportunity for McAtee by feeding him down the right wing and delivering a precise pass back to the midfielder. Despite facing the challenging and speedy Manor Solomon, who managed to beat him at times and break through, Bogle remained resolute and frustrated Spurs down their left. 

Chris Basham: 6

He displayed strong defensive skills against a formidable opponent, making an excellent tackle to thwart Son and blocking Maddison’s attempts by shadowing him closely. But, he lost track of Richarlison, resulting in the late equaliser during injury time.

Anel Ahmedhodzic: 7

In the absence of Egan, he held a central position and performed admirably. His early blocks set a positive tone for the team’s defence. He also contributed to attacks from open play. Late in stoppage time, he played a tired pass to Cameron Archer which inevitably led to Tottenham’s winner seconds later.

Jack Robinson: 8

Another outstanding defensive display from Jack Robinson. I think it’s clear to see he has been the best and most consistent player in United’s back five. He repeatedly denied Kulusevski down their right. Additionally, his accurate long throw played a pivotal role in setting up Hamer for the goal.

Luke Thomas: 7

Very steady performance at left-wingback, which is something the Blades have lacked this season. Stopped crosses from coming and was tough to beat in dribbling scenarios. Would have liked to see more of him in an attacking sense, but shutting up shop was the main aim of the game. 

Gustavo Hamer: 8

Constantly competing in duels and working hard off the ball. When he had the ball he looked to play quickly as he realised there was a two-on-two opportunity with Archer and McBurnie versus the two centre-backs. Got his second goal of the season with an astute first-timed left-footed finish. 

Vinícius Souza: 8

Blocked passing lanes, blocked shots and battled well against Bissouma and Sarr. Shown his passing capabilities with some lovely passes to Bogle. But it was a tough game for the midfield all in all. 

James McAtee: 5

McAtee was a passenger in the game. But having said that, he got into a great position in the first half to receive Bogle’s cutback, however his effort was met by Vicario. He worked hard off the ball and that was all he could do against a superior midfield.

Oli McBurnie: 8

Led the line excellently and if it wasn’t for him, the Blades would’ve never had an outball. Tireless worker and helped the defence with set pieces. The second yellow card offense overshadowed a brilliant performance from McBurnie. 

Cameron Archer: 5

Similar to McAtee, he was a passenger in the game but stuck to his guns and worked extremely hard in tracking back and chasing lost causes. Barely had a chance to show his attacking qualities. 


Norwood 5 (McAtee, 70)

T Davies 5 (Hamer, 79)

Trusty N/A (Bogle, 86)


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