The Blades’ fairytale push to make the Champions League places took a bit of a hit at Bramall Lane as they drew 1-1 with the Seagulls, but the result may not be the worst thing to have come out of the game.
Chris Wilder made the strange decision to substitute Enda Stevens against Brighton, and Richard Sutcliffe believes that there is only one reason why he’d bring the Irishman off.
The journalist was hosting a post-match Q&A session after the Yorkshire club’s 1-1 draw.
Understandably, the reporter was asked why the 6 foot defender was brought off while also receiving a query about Lys Mousset.
“Not seen Chris Wilder to ask re Enda but has to be an injury. Totally agree with Mousset being best bet. Brighton have very big defence so getting ball in behind to try and expose lack of pace could well have been way to go,” he replied.
This is a big blow for Sheffield United.
The wing-back is truly one of United’s most important players, starting all 27 league games this term, and he was at his absolute best vs Brighton, winning the WhoScored Star Man award despite not even featuring for the full 90 minutes.
During the game, the Irishman won three tackles and completed a solitary dribble on his way to losing possession just once.
The Blades have operated with Stevens on the left for the majority of the season, and they’ll miss his presence if he’s out of the team for an extended period.
United have one of the best defences in the Premier League, conceding just 25 in 27 matches, and losing Stevens could affect their incredible record at the back.
Fingers crossed this isn’t a serious injury.