Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic has told Yorkshire Live that he feels his side need to improve both offensively and defensively once they return from the international break.
The Blades currently sit 14th in the Sky Bet Championship standings and only have three wins to their name out of their opening 11 games, which highlights there is a need for a great deal of improvement at Bramall Lane.
Jokanovic is still attempting to find out what his best side is moving forwards, with the lack of a consistent starting eleven having clearly had a lasting effect on the team since he took on the job over the summer.
Speaking recently about his side, the former Fulham and Watford boss was quick to highlight where they need to improve over the coming months:
“The team trusts we are in a good direction, they want to play this game and they believe it is good for us and they trust that we will find a benefit from this.
“For me, it’s not enough, it’s simple, but I have been encouraged for what is ahead of us. We need to improve defensively and offensively.”
The Blades went winless prior to the last international break and only scored one goal during that period, so therefore it is important that there is a big reaction once they return after the upcoming one.
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Sheffield United’s first game upon their return comes at Bramall Lane on Saturday 16th October against Stoke City.
All in all, most people connected with the club will have been disappointed with their start to the season, with the team having yet to have hit the heights that were expected of them.
They are starting to nail down what their starting line up will be over the coming months and that consistency should help them more in the long run.
It was always going to take the players some time to adapt to Jokanovic’s methods, but he does need to see a big reaction this time around after the international break.
They certainly have the quality within their ranks to be battling for promotion but as the manager says, they simply must improve at both ends of the field.