Despite being a winger for the majority of his career, Mark Duffy has made a real name for himself in more of a No.10 role for Sheffield United – especially throughout the long-term absence of Paul Coutts because of injury.
The attacker has largely been deployed as the player behind the front two in Chris Wilder’s preferred 3-4-1-2 formation, and while the 33-year-old may not always have the legs to play the full 90 minutes, he is still making a major impact in the role and even signed a new two-and-a-half year deal in January.
The Liverpool-born star, who moved to Bramall Lane on a free having been released when his Birmingham City contract expired in 2016, has two goals and three assists in 11 Championship appearances so far this term.
Duffy has 11 goals and 21 assists in 95 outings in total since he joined the Yorkshire outfit, and he showed his quality with three assists coming in the 3-2 win at Millwall last month, while he was also one of their biggest attacking threats in the 1-0 win against Hull City at Bramall Lane last time out.
We asked Sheffield United fans to vote on our poll to tell us if they thought the 33-year-old was their most important player or not, and a whopping 92% of them said he was as you can see from the results below.
Considering the club has the likes of Jack O’Connell, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Billy Sharp in their ranks the result is perhaps a little surprising, but it shows just how highly the Blades faithful rate Duffy.