Premier League Preview: Southampton v Sheffield United

The Saints have won four in six heading into this one and with United without a win so far this season they will be confident of a positive result.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed he has a fully fit squad to pick from against the Blades and the Austrian is only likely to make limited changes.

Star man Danny Ings netted the winner off the bench at Brighton last weekend and he looks certain to replace Moussa Djenepo in the starting XI.

Blades boss Chris Wilder has confirmed Enda Stevens and Lys Mousset will be fit to return for him with
Max Lowe and John Lundstrum set to drop down to the bench.

Kick Off on the south coast is set for 12pm at the St.Mary’s Stadium

Chelsea power to impressive 4-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

The result moves Frank Lampard’s team up to third in the table as the struggling Blades lost their sixth game of the season.

Chris Wilder’s side cannot buy a win at the minute, but they started as the brighter of the two teams at Stamford Bridge as David McGoldrick edged them in front.

A quick corner caught the Chelsea back line short after nine minutes and the Irishman reacted quickest inside the box to backheel past Eduoard Mendy.

But despite struggling to get a foothold in the opening stages of the game, Chelsea levelled things up with a lucky equaliser.

Hakim Ziyech released Mateo Kovacic in behind and the Croatian’s clever pass found Tammy Abraham in space at the far post.

But despite the best efforts of Enda Stevens, Abraham’s miscued effort ricocheted into the ground past the flailing Aaron Ramsdale.

However if there was a touch of fortune about Chelsea’s equaliser, the Blues second goal was a horror show from the Blades defence.

Ziyech’s ball into the box was missed by Max Lowe and Ben Chilwell stole in behind to poke past Ramsdale for a quick fire second.

That rapid one two from Chelsea turned the tide after the break as United looked to hang on for a late equaliser.

But with the Blades clinging on in the closing stages, the pressure of Chelsea’s all-star attack eventually told.

Thiago Silva bulleted home a header from another Ziyech cross with 15 minutes to go before Timo Werner got in on the act following another Blades defensive blunder.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 4 Sheffield United 1

Wilder contemplating changes after international break

The Blades have lost all four of their Premier League games so far this season, going down 2-1 at Arsenal in their most recent game.

And with many of their squad away on international duty, six of which started the game at the Emirates, Wilder has spoken of it being the perfect time to ring changes to his starting XI.

The 53-year-old also confirmed Rhian Brewster will be involved against the newly-promoted Cottagers, as he will spend the international break training with his new team mates.

Wilder also confirmed that Ethan Ampadu was unlucky to miss out on the starting lineup against Arsenal, and Max Lowe and Jaden Bogle are pushing for starts when league action returns after the break.

Blades boss Chris Wilder chasing Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster

Following the arrivals of Aaron Ramsdale, Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle and Oliver Burke on permanent deals and Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea, Wilder declared it had already been the best transfer window since he joined the club in 2016.

He wants to do one more piece of business to “complete the set” and a striker is on the agenda. The PA news agency understands that Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster is Wilder’s number one target.

The Blades have held talks with the Premier League champions regarding the England Under-21 international but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has yet to make a decision on the future of Brewster, who spent the second-half of last season on loan at Swansea in the Championship.

“It will most probably be the loan market and we are waiting for dominoes to fall elsewhere. There is another one to complete the set, hopefully coming sooner rather than later, but if we have to wait then the wait will be worth it,” said Wilder.

“That’s the one we are speaking to at the moment. But there’s players on our list, whether they are loan or permanent, and like everybody, there’s a pecking order on that one.

“We’re confident that we can get the one that we want and if not we’re confident that there will be other players that will find Sheffield United an attractive proposition and they will be within our budget that we’ve had and the owners have given me.”

On the quartet who have already arrived at Bramall Lane, Wilder said: “Pound for pound when the window is shut and the players are in place, I will be delighted.

“I’d say that it has been the best transfer window we’ve had in my time at the club. We’ve had to be patient and there has been a lot of hard work done.

“But getting the other one is important. That will take us up to 25 players for the squad and complete our business.”

Sheffield United sign Oli Burke

The Scotland international has signed a three-year contract, following Derby pair Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe and a loan deal for Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu on Monday.

Burke made his professional debut for Nottingham Forest aged 17 before a high-profile move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in 2016, only to return to England with the Baggies in a £15million deal a year later which broke his own record as the most expensive Scottish footballer.

However, he failed to establish himself in the West Brom team and, after loan spells at Celtic and Alaves, the 23-year-old will look to reignite his career at Bramall Lane.

“We needed a touch of pace and Oli certainly gives us that. We’ve been working on it for a few weeks and obviously we wish Callum (Robinson) all the best,” Blades boss Chris Wilder told the club’s website.

“It’s a move that suits all parties and we are delighted to have Oli in the building.

“He’s had a couple of big moves in the past that haven’t gone as he’d have hoped, but it’s down to us now to give him a kick-start and he’s got all the attributes we want and need.

“When you put it on paper at the end of the window and take a sigh, it’s been an outstanding summer for us, we will 100 per cent be stronger than when we stepped through the door into the Premier League and that’s how it has to be.”

Robinson, who enjoyed an impressive loan spell at The Hawthorns in the second half of last season, has signed a five-year deal with the Baggies.

“I was fortunate enough to help Albion win promotion to the Premier League and I’m so excited to have the chance to play for this club in the Premier League,” he told the club’s website.

West Brom’s sporting and technical director Luke Dowling believes the 25-year-old has plenty of progress still to make under manager Slaven Bilic.

“We’re delighted to welcome back Callum, who really enjoyed his time at the club on loan and showed his capabilities from the moment he arrived,” he said.

“We have seen his ability out wide and also feel he has the capacity to be equally effective in the central areas.

“There is a belief here that there is a lot more to come from Callum under Slaven’s guidance and his development will be another important asset for the club.”

Sheffield United complete treble of signings

The wing-backs have both signed four-year deals at Bramall Lane and move for an undisclosed combined fee while Wales international Ampadu will spend the season on loan.

Chris Wilder told the club website: “The Championship has been a great recruitment area for us and I wanted to bring some young players in who will provide competition for places.

“Jayden and Max will put huge pressure on George (Baldock) and Enda (Stevens).

“It was important we got the right characters, the right type of players, ones who are athletic and technically very good, both are modern-day wing-backs and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Regarding Ampadu, he added: “Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we’ve worked really hard to get his signature for the season.

“It’s an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he’s someone we’ve tracked for two or three seasons.”

The 19-year-old joined the Blues from hometown club Exeter in 2017 and has since won 13 caps for Wales, the land of his mother’s birth, as well as spending last season on loan with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Bogle, 20, had spells at Reading and Swindon before moving to Derby as a youngster in January 2016. He was promoted to the first team for the 2018-19 season and went on to make 50 appearances.

Lowe, aged 23, was a product of the Derby academy and recently had a successful loan spell at Aberdeen.

Wilder added: “We’ve got a clear plan and identification of what we need and we’re still going through that process. We’re not just signing players because other people are in for them, we’re signing these players because they fit into what we are about.

“It’s game on for everyone, it’s not a warning, it’s a fact and yet again I have to thank the board for making the two permanent signings happen because it’s a great bit of business for the football club.”