Sheffield United Q&A

1. Another good season is expected at Sheffield United, so where do you think Sheffield United will finish this season?

It’s hard to say really. We’re expected to do ok after last year, and we have strengthened despite losing our prize asset. We’ve got a good solid defence and good attacking players, so I just feel if we can sort out the centre of midfield and have a plan B then we can push 4th.


2. You have made a decent start to the Championship season, are you happy with the start the club has made in the 09/10 campaign?

I’m happy with the two results in the league, they are as expected I feel. It was a blow to go out of the cup in such a manner, and showed where we lack if we’re behind. If we play with confidence I’d say we have the second best team in the league, but we do struggle if things don’t go our way early on.


3. Leicester had Mark Bunn on loan for a part of last season, how is he doing at your club Sheffield United?

He’s played just the two league games so far but is already an instant hit. He made some excellent saves at Middlesbrough, and despite having much less to do against Watford, he showed some very encouraging signs with his distribution.


4. Kevin Blackwell seems to be doing a good job at Sheffield United, are you pleased with the progress he has made at Bramall Lane?

There are a few mixed feelings regarding Blackwell. We played some very unattractive football last season, and despite two games towards the end of the season it was very hard to watch even when we were winning. However, his record is excellent in a sense so we should be happy with the results at the end of the day. Bryan Robson tried to make us attractive but he was out by February, it’s a results business.


5. You suffered defeat in the Carling Cup against Port Vale, what did you make of that game and were you shocked by the way Sheffield United played?

I think the manager summed that game up at the end. He said there had been players knocking on his door asking why they weren’t getting their chance, and this game proved it. It was a changed team, but they were more than capable of winning that game.


6. Who would you say is Sheffield United’s key player at the minute?

It’s hard to say who our key player is. With the exception of James Beattie’s time with us, we’ve always been much more effective as a unit, than just a standout player. Although I’d say at the moment, Matt Kilgallon is the key player. He’s been linked with a move away, but it’s vital we keep hold of him because he really is magnificent.


7. Also who is the upcoming talent in the Blades side?

This time last season we would have been saying Kyle Naughton who hadn’t even played a league game for us. I’m not sure if Kyle Walker can be said because he’s technically a Tottenham player now, but he is a real talent. Next in line is perhaps Connor Brown. Yet another full back, I don’t expect him to burst on the scene this year, but by 2010 he will have made his mark somewhere, even if he goes out on loan first.


8. What can Leicester be expecting from the Sheffield United side on Tuesday night?

It depends how the first ten minutes go really. If the Blades our slow to start then Leicester could be in for a very dull 0-0, or even an away win. However, if the Blades start like they did on Saturday then unfortunately for the Foxes I can’t see beyond a 2-0/3-1 victory for United.


9. You have made many signings over the summer, which new player’s are you impressed with so far?

Keith Treacy, the winger from Blackburn who we’ve got until January. He’s really impressed me in the two games so far and also in pre season. He’s all left foot, but that’s not such a bad thing because he brings excellent balance to the midfield and strength in a position we’ve struggled with for a few years now.


10. Finally the all important match prediction?

Sorry Foxes, I’m going to have to say 2-0 United. Although, should we not start very well then it could be a 1-0 away win.


Thanks to Vital Sheffield United editor Ben Shepherd who spared his time to answer those 10 questions.



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