Focus on Sheffield United - Michael Brown
Sat 01 May 2021, 16:00|Tottenham Hotspur
Michael Brown came through the system at Manchester City before starring for Sheffield United, his outstanding form leading to a move to Spurs in 2004.
An all-action midfielder, Browny spent 18 months with us before switching to Fulham, and had spells at Wigan, Pompey, Leeds and Port Vale before retiring at 40 with 650 career appearances under his belt. He’s now a busy broadcaster and pundit for Sky Sports, BBC Five Live, City TV and Quest. @michaelbrowny1
Michael: "Sheffield United were showing signs of improvement before Chris Wilder left, okay, Paul Heckingbottom has lost a few games, but there is fight there, without doubt. It just comes down to the top end of the pitch, where a lack of goals (18 in 33 matches in the Premier League) has been a real issue, but they've also lost key defenders to injury (Chris Basham, Jack O'Connell, Jack Robinson all out) and they've struggled with that. They are having a go, for sure. Relegation was hanging over them, but that's done with now, and now they can plan for the future."
Michael: "Paul Heckingbottom will go with a back three, and it's normally 5-3-1-1, looking to get an extra man in midfield. Simon Osborne has been in there and he has great energy. Paul has the team trying to press a bit more, and when they come out, they can cause teams problems, but there are times where they've been a little safe with their passing, going safe to feet rather than looking for the more cutting passes. I just think they are suffering from a lack of confidence. Having said all that, I think they will have a go at Spurs on Sunday. It could be quite fascinating to see how both teams adapt."
Michael: "That's a tricky one this season because the team has had so many injuries and they've lacked that consistency. I'll go with David McGoldrick. Ipswich Town let him go at the end of his contract in 2017/18, Sheffield United took him on trial and that tells you the story of how far he's come. He's scoring goals in the Premier League, seven this season (in 30 games), scored the winner last time out against Brighton and he's been a real plus point in a difficult campaign."