Welcome back to Sheffield United Football Club Mr Christopher John Wilder. No one said it would be easy!
We’re nearly two weeks into the new season, and already supporters are walking out of Bramall Lane mid-game, asking to bring back Neil Warnock as director of football, and wondering if Michael Brown could “still do a job in the middle”.
As we dive into our sixth season of playing League One football, a division that bad that even the players of the Andorran third division assume we’re semi-professional, you couldn’t help but get get swallowed up by the “new era” mentality which was sold to us for the fifth time in the third-tier.
It’s fair to say, it’s not started well!
In three league games, we have achieved the following:
• One goal (I was there! I nearly cried…)
• Conceded five…
• Manufactured an AMAZING three shots on target
• Put together a defensive line that has the attention span of a two-year old
Plus; we’ve been knocked out of the EFL Cup by League Two outfit, Crewe Alexandra!
Like all football fans, the Blades faithful like players that can drag teams from the point of defeat, to the edge of victory. At the moment, I honestly can’t see anyone in that team that can do that!
Captain Billy Sharp looks half the player that he was last season. Fan favourite John Brayford just hasn’t done it since his return to Bramall Lane. George Long looks as if he couldn’t catch a cold. Even Chris Basham’s performances have been questionable, a player who a lot thought would kick on again this season.
Apart from that, everything looks fine!
All joking aside, there’s some tricky teams in this league. Bolton Wanderers and Milton Keynes Dons will be looking to go straight back up, whilst teams like Bradford City and Peterborough United will be looking to make a return to the Championship.
We NEEDED to start well this season. The opening five games should have been used to set our stall out. We failed. Again. We cannot afford to fall apart like we did under Nigel Adkins last year.
Despite the lack of goals so far; the inept performances, players not simply turning up mentally, the most depressing thing of all is that even we, the supporters, have stopped referring to ourselves as “a Championship team in League One”.
Because of poor decisions both on and off the pitch on in the last five years, it’s now hit home that we are where we are because we simply aren’t just good enough at the moment, and haven’t been since Sheffield Wednesday pipped us to the post at the beginning of our a League One torment in 2011.
Will we be good enough from now until next May? Hopefully so, but I can’t help but feel worried.