The Chalkboard: Squad depth could be key for Sheffield United

The busy festive period is something teams in English football just have to get on with.

Even with the winter break this year, the run towards the end of December and the start of January is relentless for any team in this country.

For Sheffield United though, they have it that much harder. The Premier League fixtures, which came out on Thursday, have put the trickiest spell of matches in this period of congestion.

Tough games

In the back end of December the Blades have to travel away to Manchester City and Liverpool within three days of one another. The fixture immediately following that is a grudge match with West Ham which will have a lot of bad blood as no United fan has forgotten the Carlos Tevez debacle which saw them relegated back in 2007.

Following the game against the Hammers, Chris Wilder’s side travel to the Emirates Stadium, and to round things off, just three days after that they have to play the reigning champions once again.

Squad depth is key

During this vital run of games, United will have to rotate heavily to make sure their team is fully fit before each match. Therefore, making sure that there is enough depth in the squad will be vital for Chris Wilder.

To make sure all bases are covered, the Blades probably need to sign a few new players as they currently look light in a few positions.

For example, Enda Stevens doesn’t currently have a proper understudy, and beyond John Fleck and Ollie Norwood, the Yorkshire side aren’t well-equipped in the midfield.

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Christmas and New Year is hard enough as it is for a Premier League side, but United’s task is made that much harder due to the fact that they have to play so many top teams during that period. If they want to pick up points during this time they need to have adequate depth throughout the team.

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