Sheffield United enter the weekend of match-day 27 just two points off the automatic promotion spots and Chris Wilder’s side look like serious promotion candidates.
Blades have most of what it takes – they have the players with a good balance of experience and youth, they have players who have been there and won promotions before, they have a manager who both loves the club and is tactically astute.
The only real thing stopping Sheffield United now is themselves. Despite the atmosphere at Bramall Lane always been of a great level, there are still the boo-boys who are negative towards their side.
The only thing Blades need is belief.
Like many teams at a high level in not just football but sport in general, the psychology aspect is what takes them over the line in terms of winning trophies. We have seen many teams fall at the final hurdle due to not just physical fatigue, but mental fatigue.
From now on, Wilder’s men must treat every game like a cup final, especially those against the likes of Leeds, Norwich, West Brom, and others also vying for the top two.
With the additions of Gary Madine and Kieran Dowell, as well as finalising the Oliver Norwood deal to make it officially permanent, Wilder clearly believes his squad are capable of automatic promotion via just a couple more additions.
Dowell, although he had a poor second half of the season, was arguably one of the best players in the league in the first half of last season for Nottm Forest, with many spectacular performances. Norwood on the other hand has won promotion twice before, and will be a key character in the dressing room.
Entering the final few months, the only thing stopping Wilder’s side is belief – the pessimistic attitude of feeling like underdogs as they are still fairly newly promoted back to the second tier must go.
If Bramall Lane can get behind Sheffield United, they can really fight for promotion back to the Premier League.