This article is part of Football FanCast’s Pundit View series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent quotes from journalists, pundits, players and managers…
The plaudits just keep coming in for Sheffield United.
Although we might be jumping the gun ever so slightly when it comes to this particular assessment of how well they are doing.
Speaking on the 5 Live Football Daily Podcast, Luke Edwards of The Telegraph made the rather bold claim that he thought Chris Wilder should be in contention for Manager of the Year:
“He is innovative, he is revolutionary in his own way. He’s got Sheffield United promoted that way, and he’s carried it on in the Premier League. They are, Sheffield United, for me, in what I think has been a pretty predictable season so far in many ways, the story of the season. Chris Wilder, manager of the year, I’m going to call it now.”
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People really do need to stop being victims of the moment with things like this.
Do pundits and journalists not remember when Hull City were in their first Premier League season back in 2008/09, how they were on a similar trajectory as Sheffield United right now?
Rather coincidentally, they also beat Arsenal and received plaudits in their first couple of months in the league, only to end up staying in the division by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the season.
Phil Brown didn’t receive Manager of the Year that season did he?
So let’s all just wait and see what happens as the campaign goes on before we start proclaiming just how great things are and are going to be at the end of the season. Feet must be kept firmly planted before the hype overawes the club.
Suspensions haven’t started to take effect yet, neither have any major injuries to the Sheffield United squad. Let’s see what Wilder’s credentials are like when he is really up against it in that way.
As we discussed previously, there are some big tests coming up for the Blades in the form of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, so tunes may very well change if they don’t put in the best of performances in those games.
At the end of the day, what’s going to be better for the Yorkshire side? Having their expectations set too high and then be disappointed when they don’t end up meeting them, or keep them at a reasonable level and then end up beating them?