Sheffield United made a poor start to the campaign, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side struggling to score goals and pick up points.
Scoring just once, and picking up a mere point in their opening five games, Sheffield United went into the first international break in the relegation zone.
However, a combination of the Serb settling into life in Yorkshire and a late recruitment drive at the end of August, saw The Blades take somewhat of a turn.
Scoring 11 in their next three games, the Yorkshire club recorded comprehensive victories over Peterborough United and Hull City.
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Despite seemingly turning a corner, The Blades fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Riverside on Tuesday night.
Speaking to The Star about the problems they have faced already this season, George Baldock is seemingly not too concerned: “Since I came here we’ve played a formation and recruited for it, the new gaffer has his ideas and it was always going to take time. Especially with how detailed he is and the intricacies.
“The other night was disappointing, we weren’t at it and on another day they don’t score the wondergoal or we equalise and it’s a different game. It’s about bouncing back quickly.”
Sheffield United will not be too concerned at this point of the season. They have shown that they can shine in this division, and it is now about finding some consistency.
On their day, they are a frightening team to play against, but they will need to decrease the frequency of performances like the one against Middlesbrough.
Jokanovic has a completely different footballing philosophy to Chris Wilder, and that is not to say that one is better than the other one, but fans will need to be patient.
The three games after the international break showed the Championship what The Blades are capable of, and with key personnel returning to action, things are still looking quite bright in Yorkshire.