Ian Holloway gives his view on the prospect of Sheffield United burning out this season

Sheffield United currently find themselves in the thick of a fierce and frantic battle for automatic promotion from the Championship this season, with Norwich City, Leeds United and West Brom all in contention alongside the Blades.

Chris Wilder’s side face a hectic run in and will know that any slip-ups will almost certainly be punished ruthlessly by their rivals. 

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With the prize of Premier League football on the line, the pressure is very much on at Bramall Lane. On top of that, as the gruelling second tier campaign draws to a close, fatigue can set in amongst squads at the worst possible time.

Former Blackpool boss and EFL on Quest pundit Ian Holloway has given his take on whether the threat of exhaustion ought to be worrying Wilder’s side.

What he said

In an exclusive interview with Football League World, Holloway said “I don’t think anything is going to wear them out. They fell away last season but they have improved again…I think they have made some great strides forward and so maybe this could be their season.”

Retaining freshness

Holloway clearly believes that the Blades have enough fuel left in the tank to keep them going for the rest of the season.

However, it would only take one or two key men to start struggling for the whole side to suffer as a consequence. The likes of club-captain and top scorer Billy Sharp, and fellow forward David McGoldrick, are particularly in danger of burning out as they’re both over 30.

It is vital, then, that Wilder rotates his ranks smartly for the rest of the season to retain freshness.