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2 things Slavisa Jokanovic should look to work on at Sheffield United during the international break

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Two defeats on the bounce have left work to be done at Sheffield United over the international break.

The Blades looked to be on the up, clicking into gear and putting Peterborough, Preston, Hull and Derby to the sword in a five-game unbeaten run.

But back-to-back away defeats at Middlesbrough and Bournemouth have dampened the mood at Bramall Lane ever so slightly.

With the second international break of the campaign now upon us, Slavisa Jokanovic will know that there is work to be done over the next fortnight.

What needs to be worked on? Here, we take a look at a couple of things…

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Scoring goals on a regular basis

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United may have put six goals past Peterborough and three past Hull not so long ago, but there is a feeling that they don’t do enough in the final third to put teams to bed on a regular occurrence.

Morgan Gibbs-White has been an impressive addition and Billy Sharp is their leading goalscorer with four to his name.

But the Blades have so many strikers at the club. Not just Sharp, but Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset, Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick are all capable of stepping up to the plate.

The next two weeks has to involve touching on goalscoring issues.

Tighten up defensively

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This is something Jokanovic touched on after the defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend.

The Blades have conceded 16 goals in 11 games this season, which isn’t good enough if they wish to ignite a turnaround.

The change from a three-at-the-back system to a four-at-the-back has probably taken more time to get to grips with than initially believed.

But the Blades have kept only three clean sheets this season, and this is something which needs to change.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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