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Sheffield Utd have some top players waiting in the wings - will they trouble Sunderland tonight?

Sheffield United might rest loads of players but that doesn’t mean that they won’t name a VERY strong side tonight. Will they trouble Sunderland much? We look at the three Blades players that we’re expecting to have a good game.

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Ravel Morrison

19/20 Games/Goals: 2/0

Like most of us, we had forgot the former Manchester United midfielder even existed until Chris Wilder brought him to the Steel City this summer. A wasted talent, or someone still to fully mature? Chris Wilder will be hoping it’s the former and has been introducing the 26-year-old to his first team gradually, although his debut against Blackburn Rovers in the last round showed the mercurial talent is far from finished in football.

When it comes to talent, there’s not many bigger than Morrison. His youth career was laced with platitudes. Sir Alex Ferguson stated that Morrison: “possessed as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed”, whilst legendary Manchester United full back Gary Neville also commented that Morrison was “a Paul Gascoigne-type who could beat men and score some incredible goals”. Truth is, if Morrison decides Wednesday is the night to signal his arrival at Brammall Lane it could be a very long evening for Sunderland.


Phil Jagielka

19/20 Games/Goals: 3/0

An experienced international centre half, Jagielka is into his fourteenth season in the Premier League at the ripe old age of thirty-seven.

Despite approaching his forties, the Manchester-born defender still offers plenty to the Blades in leadership, ability and will be a great aid in the dressing room, with many of Sheffield United young talents taking on the top tier for the first time.

Like any player though, Jagielka will be desperate to the prove he is more than an experienced bench warmer and will likely be allowed to do so in Wednesday’s League Cup clash.


Oli McBurnie

19/20 Games/Goals: 7/1

The £20m fee the Blades paid for him in the summer may have shocked many British football fans, but there’s a reason Chris Wilder paid big bucks for the Scottish number nine.

Tall, strong and with a keen eye for goal, McBurnie smashed in twenty-two goals for Championship side Swansea last term which subsequently forced him into Scotland’s first eleven following the appointment of former Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke.

Despite that, McBurnie still has plenty to prove following his big move in the summer.

He recently suffered criticism in his home country for his performance during Scotland’s qualifying defeat to Russia, and has only notched one goal so far for the Blades, so will be looking at Wednesday night’s game against League One opposition as a chance to prove he was worth the the fee Sheffield United paid in July.