The Chalkboard: Sheffield United need a reality check

Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League may not have set in yet for many of the fanbase, but there seems to be a serious problem amongst the players and staff in that it hasn’t dawned upon them either.

Nobody at the club seems to understand the severity of the task ahead of them, and that is a recipe for disaster when you’re headed to the top flight of English football.

Too relaxed

Whether it’s blind optimism or an attempt to build up team spirit, nobody has been honest about the challenge the Yorkshire club face next season.

John Fleck is one player who is guilty of this, and his recent comments in the Sheffield Star border on ridiculous.

“It’s similar in a way to when we went up to the Championship. Not many of our players had played a lot at that level, either.

“It’s one of those things I guess and it could be a good or a bad thing. We’ve never had that experience so we’re excited going into it, and that could help us,” he said.

It’s the most short-sighted comment he could’ve made. The step up from the Championship to the Premier League is massive compared to the difference you face when promoted from League One.

They won’t be playing against struggling sides with poor personnel. They will be facing off against established internationals and world-class talent week in week out.

Not just Fleck

It’s not just Fleck who is guilty of this. Chris Wilder has hinted that he isn’t willing to adapt to the top flight, and the Blades’ transfer targets thus far have been laughable.

Macauley Bonne, Lee Gregory, Will Vaulks and Kieran Dowell are signings more suited to mid-table Championship teams rather than a newly promoted Premier League side.

Everyone at Bramall Lane needs to stop living in this fantasy world where Wilder will carry them through in the same way he did upon their arrival in the Championship. They need to sign some established talent and prepare to play against some of the world’s best players.

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If they don’t, they will only learn the hard way, and by then it will be too late for them to turn things around.