Pundits surprised by Sheffield United’s performances

Pundits Jermaine Jenas and Leon Osman have expressed optimism regarding Sheffield United’s approach this season, despite the team’s challenging start.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Paul Heckingbottom, Manager of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Under Paul Heckingbottom’s leadership, the Blades have secured just one point from their initial five Premier League matches. However, they’ve notably given a tough fight to both reigning champions Manchester City and Tottenham, with all four of their losses occurring by a narrow one-goal margin.

During their discussion on Match of the Day 2, Jenas remarked, “I think they are tough to beat. They are organised.”

He proceeded to explain: 

“Weirdly enough, they look pretty similar to what they were the year that they stayed up before Covid hit and they didn’t have that atmosphere at Bramall Lane to help them.

“Goals are going to be an issue, quite evidently, but I think the performances they put in against City and Spurs tells me that they have got a better chance than I thought they did.”

Unfortunately, Sheffield United suffered a 2-1 loss against Tottenham on Saturday, marking their seventh consecutive Premier League defeat away to London-based opponents, which stands as their lengthiest such streak in the competition. Nonetheless, former Everton midfielder Osman believes that United is diligently working to provide themselves with the best possible chance of remaining in the top flight among the newly-promoted clubs.


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