Former Sheffield United forward Brian Deane has given his thoughts on the side as they get set to go into the summer transfer window.
The Blades’ relegation was finally confirmed on Saturday night following their defeat to Wolves, and although relegation has been on the cards for some time now, it does mean that they can officially start looking ahead to next season and which players are likely going to be a part of their squad for the 2021/22 Championship campaign.
And as heard on the TalkSport Daily Podcast (12:47), Deane thinks that the squad will pretty much stay as it is for next season, mainly because nobody will want to buy from the current crop, and that could provide them with something of a chip on their shoulder:
“The squad there will probably, you know, when they get time to reflect, they’ll probably want to prove something not only to themselves, but also to everybody out there. Whenever a club gets relegated from the Premier League, they can start off on the first day of the next season in a state of mind that they can have a really good go at it and I think that’s something to be a part of. I can’t really see many of the players being picked up; I think it’s time for them all to gather their thoughts, try and adopt a siege mentality.”
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Deane’s point about nobody potentially being picked up by the other teams is an interesting one. Would anyone really want to bring in someone who has been part of arguably one of the worst teams in Premier League history?
And it’s not as if they have had one standout player this season, with Ethan Ampadu’s 6.70 WhoScored rating the highest in the team, but only good enough for joint 163rd in the whole division.
So there is every chance this team sticks together, and they may have to rely on that mental side of the game that Deane mentions to provide them with the boost they need to be among the contenders next season, because based on this season, they can’t do it just on the talent they have.