Sheffield United's Unsung Heroes of the 2019/20 Season

Sheffield United have had an unforgettable first season back in the Premier League. On the brink of European qualification, many Blades players have received plaudits far and wide, and rightly so.

The likes of Chris Basham and Jack O'Connell have earned rave reviews as United's overlapping centre backs in Chris Wilder's principled system.

Here are five of their unsung heroes who have gone under the radar this term.

1. David McGoldrick

McGoldrick celebrating his disallowed goal against Spurs

Much was made of McGoldrick's goal drought in the Premier League before he dramatically ended it against Chelsea - who have developed a knack for letting goalless strikers score - on Saturday. But he's been a vital player for Wilder's side all season.

A striker who links play and provides for his teammates, there is a reason he has started 20 of United's 35 league games this season, often keeping club legend Billy Sharp on the bench.

Blades fans would have become accustomed to seeing McGoldrick's trademark celebration in the Championship, but it had been so long since he last scored that he looked almost sheepish whipping it out against Chelsea.

While his goals against the Blues would have come as a huge relief to McGoldrick, they merely shine a light on an all-round impressive season.

2. George Baldock

George Baldock celebrating his goal against Spurs

Baldock has been a sensation for Sheffield United this season. Playing in a right-wing-back role, he gets forward just as well as he defends.

In the Blades' unique overlapping centre-back system, the wing-backs are expected to make underlapping runs, almost used like wide-central midfielders, and also act as catalysts for their pressing game.

Baldock is a feisty character, picking up seven yellow cards in the league, but that's not necessarily something to be frowned at. Wilder has often called for more fight from his team, something Baldock has plenty of.

He's started every game this season, and is a large reason why Basham can fly forward in the way he does.

3. Oliver Norwood

Norwood is essential for Sheffield United's system

Norwood could have been forgiven for thinking he wouldn't get a chance to play in the Premier League when he helped guide Brighton to promotion before he was immediately loaned out to Fulham in the Championship.

But since joining Sheffield United in August 2018, he has become a vital part of the Blades midfield.

Some may foolishly argue that Norwood lacks the necessary quality to be a playmaker for a Premier League side, but his set-piece delivery and general control of the middle of the pitch have made him an indispensable cog in Wilder's central engine.

Norwood is the epitome of an unsung hero. He has scored one goal - a penalty against Watford - and has one assist - the corner that Egan scored from against Wolves. He may not be one for golden moments, but he keeps the team ticking.

4. Lys Mousset

Lys Mousset has been fantastic for Sheffield United this season

Eyebrows were raised when Sheffield United spent a then club-record £10m on Lys Mousset from Bournemouth.

The French forward was undoubtedly a flop on the south coast but since joining United he has looked like a well-established Premier League striker. He has already managed more goals and assists than he did at Bournemouth in fewer than half the games.

Mousset scored five goals in nine games between September and December, directly winning his side six points. A different type of player for Sheffield United, Mousset may not be prolific but he has scored plenty of important goals for the Blades this season.

5. John Fleck

Fleck playing at Selhurst Park.

Fleck signed for Sheffield United on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 from Coventry and proved instrumental in pulling the Blades out of League One and into the Championship.

Fast forward three-and-a-half years, and Fleck was scoring an equaliser at the Emirates Stadium in front of 60,000 people. The Blades are above Arsenal now - Granit Xhaka eat your heart out.

Fleck isn't particularly flashy. He doesn't score a hatful, nor does he ping passes 40 yards for Hollywood assists. Instead, Fleck does the basics well, and every now again he does smash one into the net - like he did at the Emirates.

His rise from League One may have been unexpected, but it has been well and truly deserved.

Source : 90min