Don’t bet against Sheffield United pulling of back-to-back promotions into the Premier League
If they pull that off then they will be one of the biggest clubs in the Championship and have an infrastructure which puts them into a solid position, as they will try to get back into the Premier League for the first time since 2006/2007.
Southampton are the very proof that such a feat can be achieved and there are many indications that the Blades could soon be thinking along similar lines, which would be a massive boost for the club.
Looking at the League One table this season what stands out is Sheffield United’s defence, which has the best record away from home than any other team in the division.
This has allowed them to get to a point where they are right in the mix for the automatic promotion places and they have amazingly only lost two games away from home all season.
They will back themselves to secure a majority of wins at their own ground but the away form in particular bodes well not just for the rest of this season but for next season as well and beyond.
What will still be fresh in the minds of many at the club is the way they slipped to third last season which ultimately meant play-off heartbreak. Any club that has experienced the play-offs, knows what a lottery it can be.
Therefore, there has to be an underlying steely determination at the Blades which has the ability to keep everyone focused for the rest of the season. Finish second and you take away that lottery.
Promotion to the Championship is the first step and once Sheffield United get there, they need to be able to progress again to compete for the top six which means another shot at the big time.
They have three major advantages if they become a Championship team next season.
The first is that they are a big club and have a very big following, which is important over the course of a long season. That loyal and unwavering support will help Sheffield United maintain their push because of the pressure it creates.
Secondly, they have a major infrastructure as a football club which means the transition into the Championship should be quite simple and will enable them to compete on all levels on and off the pitch.
Finally, and maybe most significantly is the experience of their manager Danny Wilson. Wilson has been in coaching since 1994 and has had long spells at Barnsley, Bristol City and Swindon Town.
All of the tools are in place, it’s now over to the players to pull it off.
Do you think they can get back-to-back promotions?
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