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Coach travelling Sheffield Utd fans effectively banned from Cardiff this Saturday. While they can go to the match v CCFC that’s all they can do

Any freedom of movement and association they were looking forward to has been severely curtailed by police

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I’ve just spoken to a SUFC supporter who has organised coaches for several years. His passengers comprise men, women and teenagers. None of them have caused or ever been in trouble. They’re just ordinary people who happen to support a football club and follow them away. 🧵2.
Despite this match being scheduled back in the summer, the police have only been in touch within the last few days to advise that draconian Traffic Commissioner Guidelines are to be enforced for all coaches travelling to this match. 🧵3.
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Thread: Sheffield United defending philosophy at corner-kicks at Championship

Coach Paul Heckingbottom has his own strategy in defending at set-pieces, which makes the team solid.
Let's see 👇
-3 vs 3 man-marked on the edge of six-yard
Man-marked near to the goalkeeper.
#EFL | #SkyBetChampionship #twitterblades
-2 vs 2 man-marked on the far-post.

-A player to guard the near post

- Player for facing the runners and the second ball
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With Hecky talking about plans for next season and the retained list announced I thought I would jot a few thoughts down on how I see the summer going for the #twitterblades

PA made it clear last autumn on the @SheffUnitedWay that this summer would be dictated by how the... finished this season. If the board thought this squad of players had passed its sell by date then a major overhaul would be the plan with young players blooded, old guard sold and a new 2/3 year plan put in place whereas if the team clearly still had the legs and only...
...just missed out he expected the current squad to give it another go. I think we can now safely assume, manager and board are on the same page that the 2nd scenario is the order of the day. The core of the squad needs to be maintained, nod to the reduced income but if we can...
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Angelo shouldn't have any problems picking up a club after a decent spell of a dozen games for Blyth Spartans, left sided attacker or wing back. Full Belize international.

Uremovic is free to look at offers after his contracted club Rubin were relegated at the..

Salernitana completed an unlikely escape from Serie A relegation but Lys contribution was minor, doubtful he has done enough to earn a stay.

Freeman will need to rely on his reputation from pre-Blades to secure a club and unlikely to stay on his current terms...
...after a poor loans at Forest, both form and injury, and Millwall, injury.

Harvey knew he was leaving and has been having trials elsewhere.

As for Didsy I just hope a decent club takes him on near his home in the Midlands as he will struggle to prove himself until he gets...
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Sheffield United’s 2020/21 accounts covered a season when they finished 20th in the Premier League, leading to relegation after a two-year spell in the top flight. Manager Chris Wilder was replaced by Paul Heckingbottom (interim basis). Some thoughts follow #SUFC #twitterblades
This was the second year under new #SUFC owner Prince Abdullah after the High Court ruled that Kevin McCabe had to sell his 50% share to the Prince. This also triggered an agreement whereby the club had to purchase the stadium, training facility, gym, hotel and offices for £38m.
#SUFC pre-tax profit fell from £19m to £10m, as revenue dropped £28m (20%) from club record £143m to £115m and profit on player sales decreased £3m to £1m, partly offset by operating expenses falling £21m (17%). Net interest payable was up £1.7m to £2.5m.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 37 [Monday]

💠 Man City

📢 Pep Guardiola asked if De Bruyne is available: "Yeah, he’s been training for the last two days, he feels good. Kevin is important like everyone is..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci #KDB
📢 Guardiola asked if De Bruyne is available: "...everyone knows it [how important Kevin is] but everyone is at the same level - we will see his level and see if he is fit to play."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci #KDB
📢 Guardiola on goalkeeper selection for Gameweek 37 and #GW38: "Ederson will play the next two games."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci
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🧵 Quotes thread Blank Gameweek 36 [Sunday]

☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith asked if Jack Grealish will start against Spurs or in #GW38: "I’m hopeful [he will start one at least]. He’s pushing, he’s had no reaction in..."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #avfc #TotAvl
📢 Smith asked if Grealish will start against Spurs or in #GW38: "...his first game [against Everton] or today so he’s building those minutes."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #avfc #TotAvl
📢 Smith on Matty Cash: "Cashy will miss the last two games. It is a recurrence of a hamstring injury. Nowhere near as bad as last time but enough to put him out for a couple of weeks."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #avfc #TotAvl
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Triple Gameweek 35 [Thursday]

🇦🇷 Leeds

📢 Marcelo Bielsa on Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha: "They're being evaluated on a daily basis to see whether they can be available."

#fpl #tgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #dgw35 #gw35 #lufc #LeeTot
📢 Bielsa asked if Phillips and Raphinha have trained this week: "Their presence is subject to an evaluation carried out on a daily basis."

Asked if he's hopeful they will play: "We have to wait until Saturday."

#fpl #tgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #dgw35 #gw35 #lufc #LeeTot
📢 Bielsa on Helder Costa: "He won't be able to compete again this season."

#fpl #tgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #dgw35 #gw35 #lufc #LeeTot
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🧵 Quotes thread Gameweek 34 [Sunday]

🔫 Arsenal

📢 Mikel Arteta pre-match on making eight changes: "It's just to prepare for today's game the best possible way. We played 40 minutes [against Villarreal]..."

#fpl #gw34 #CHpressers #fantasypl #afc #NewArs #UEL #dgw35 #ArsWba
📢 Arteta pre-match on making eight changes: "...with 10 men and we have had a crazy schedule.

"We know the risks we are taking every week. Last week we took the risk with [Alexandre] Lacazette and..."

#fpl #gw34 #CHpressers #fantasypl #afc #NewArs #UEL #dgw35 #ArsWba
📢 Arteta pre-match on making eight changes: "... we lost him [Lacazette]. We need fresh players."

#fpl #gw34 #CHpressers #fantasypl #afc #NewArs #UEL #dgw35 #ArsWba
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Blank Gameweek 33 [Thursday]

🫐 Everton

📢 Carlo Ancelotti: "We have a lot of players available – almost all the squad, apart from [Abdoulaye] Doucoure and [JP] Gbamin who are out..."

#fpl #BGW33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #efc #ArsEve
📢 Ancelotti: "...the others [including Dominic Calvert-Lewin] are in good condition.

"We are ready to fight for this final part of the season. The squad is now much, much better and I have a lot of options."

#fpl #BGW33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #efc #ArsEve
🔫 Arsenal

📢 Mikel Arteta on five players [David Luiz, Tierney, Odegaard, Aubameyang, Lacazette] being out: "Yes, it is unfortunately the situation we have at the moment. They are all doing really well to be fair..."

#fpl #BGW33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #afc #ArsEve
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Sheffield United’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 9th in the Premier League following promotion and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, which was described by the club as “a respectable achievement”. Some thoughts follow #SUFC #twitterblades
This is the first year under new #SUFC owner Prince Abdullah after the High Court ruled that Kevin McCabe had to sell his 50% share to the Prince. This also triggered an agreement whereby the club had to purchase the stadium, training facility, gym, hotel and offices for £38m.
Following promotion #SUFC swung from £21m pre-tax loss to £19m profit, a £40m improvement, as revenue shot up £122m from £21m to club record £143m, though profit on player sales fell £10m to £4m and competing in the Premier League increased expenses by £72m. Profit after tax £18m
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Double Gameweek 26 [Friday]

☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on Jack Grealish: "He’s getting better. He won’t be ready for tomorrow but he’s getting better.

"As I said last week..."

#fpl #dgw26 #CHpressers #gw26 #avfc #LeeAvl #fantasypl
📢 Smith on Grealish: "...there’s been an awful lot of speculation where Jack is involved.

"People speculated how long he’s going to be out for – I’m not sure how they can do that when I don’t know, the doctor doesn’t..."

#fpl #dgw26 #CHpressers #gw26 #avfc #LeeAvl #fantasypl
📢 Smith on Grealish: "...know and Jack doesn’t know.

"I was very vague last week because it’s a bit of a strange injury.

"Jack could be back to play against Sheffield United next Tuesday or Wolves next week..."

#fpl #dgw26 #CHpressers #gw26 #avfc #LeeAvl #fantasypl
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Thread - Rhian Brewster #sufc

The 20 year old striker earns a club record move to the Blades. Here's what Blades fans can expect to see with Brewster's strengths/areas of improvement highlighted and what i feel he'll add to the Blades front line.
Using @insightMrkt player profiles tool we can see that based on his small time at Swansea Brewster was a clinical & accurate shooter. Over performing his xG by a large amount considering the sample but still getting into good enough areas and getting a lot of shots away Image
Brewster is very different from the current Blades crop. He isn't a striker who waits for big chances in the box only, as soon as he has a sight of the goal he strikes ball. His ball striking technique is excellent, often on target and with power so that GKs have to parry.
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Rhian Brewster is reportedly close to a move from Liverpool to Sheffield United. At first glance, the 20-year-old's stats from last season with Swansea don't look too impressive at a Premier League standard. But read on...

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Brewster was involved in a surprisingly high share of Swansea's goals while on the pitch despite being part of less than 40% of its shots. One reason was his finishing, which was well above par and partly made up for his low underlying output in attack.

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As Brewster's smartermap shows, he was active all over the attacking half for Swansea and got into good positions to shoot. He liked to shoot head-on from the GK's right and at more oblique angles from the GK's left. Overall he was more active in the right channel.

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In all seriousness it shows that for a number of reasons we simply don't have the finances this summer to get a 1st choice striker who isn't some form of gamble. I've said this a million times but this is where opening up to options from the continent can be of huge help.
That's not to say we aren't of course but clearly domestic based targets were the 1st option which is fine but they come with a heavy price package
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So Oli Burke arrives at #sufc and there's alot of sniggering from other clubs!

Here's his 19/20 (at Alaves) and 18/19 (at Celtic) profiles. Certainly didn't enhance his name last season in Spain but promising signs in a dominant Celtic team under Rodgers from @insightMrkt ImageImage
So where will he play and what will he bring?

In short - PACE and POWER.

I think he lacks technically & tactically but from a physical standpoint we don't have anyone like him. Over 6ft, raw pace and acceleration and physically very strong.
Sheff Utd lacked the ability to create shots out of nothing and dribblers last season. We had to work our attacking patterns to extreme to fashion a chance. Burke has ability to drive with ball at speed with directness
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Sheffield United have raided Derby for their fullbacks, reportedly for £11m total. Let's start with Jayden Bogle, who was featured in our Ultimate Second-Tier XI a while back:…

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Bogle is a smarterscout young prospect, which means our algorithm flagged him to star at a higher level. Here are his stats at a Premier League standard – already above average in our model ratings at RB, but mediocre so far in duels. Defending quality improved in 2019-20!

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Bogle used a lot of short passes on the right flank, but as he got close to the box there were more dribbles and longer passes thrown in. That's usually good for a fullback – cross if the defender steps off, take him on if he's in close.

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Final thread.....Ethan Ampadu!

No data profile from here due to lack of senior minutes BUT plenty of video to go into below......
So where will he play? Will he play? What's he good at?

My belief is EA covers RCB, DM & if needed CB.

RCB - Can he drive out of the defense ala Chris Basham?

This is in a back 4 for Wales in recent game vs Bulgaria. I love this clip for a whole lot of overlapping CB reasons.
Ampadu will immediately be the most 2 footed player in the Blades squad. He's right footed, but look at his ability, technique and range he has on his left foot.

His composure to lift his head and try chipped passes like this rather than just lofted longer passes is a key skill
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Jayden Bogle also joins SUFC from DCFC. Bogle had a slight dip in his incredible 18/19 form this season (chart also included). ImageImage
The creative output in 18/19 was sensational. in all he's amassed 14 assists in 77 Championship games and whilst that output slowed this season, the numbers suggest large elements of his game were still excellent he just didn't have final ball this year.
Bogle's main attribute without doubt is his dribbling 1v1 and ball carrying ability. He's frankly excellent. His balance, ability to dip inside or go to the byline and his agility are winger esque.
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Max Lowe joins SUFC from #dcfc. Lowe's real breakthrough came from a great season at Aberdeen which Derby looked at to then take a chance on him. Lowe is athletic without being overly quick, but a good dribbler. He's strong physically in challenges and has good quality with ball Image
Lowe has a similar technical capacity to Enda Stevens. Clip below shows his ability to pick his head up and find good, froward passes to progress the ball with ease.
Lowe statistically hasn't been as cross heavy as Stevens in recent seasons but it's worth showing that due a good technical ball striking delivery he can find excellent balls into the box if given space to do so.
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So #sufc bring our boy back home.

@AaronRamsdale98 returns to the Blades and i've highlighted some of his key strengths with some quick video that i feel show what he does very well.
Rambo is excellent at holding his shape in 1v1s. Maintains good size & positioning, closes the angle. Makes himself big and has good reactions too.
I like his speed off the line. Times his decision to aggressively charge down the forward perfectly here right on the 1st touch to make him panic. Comparing him to Deano may be unfair overall but in this area i think Rambo is more aggressive and decisive
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Antonee Robinson is leaving Wigan for Sheffield United at a cost of £2m. He's a smarterscout young prospect who's outstanding on the ball and an aggressive defender. His ball retention is low... not that it's a problem if you're playing Wilderball. 🙇‍♂️

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Robinson's dribbling gives Sheffield United something different on the left, as you can see in this comparison with Enda Stevens (slightly different scales for the two positions). He can improve attacking and tackling, but for £2m it's a worthwhile project.

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P.S. Robinson dribbles a lot and is very good at resisting challenges, but his passing isn't terribly incisive, hence low attacking output. His overall ball retention is low, which can mean he takes a lot of risks, has trouble completing passes, or both. Data ➡️ good questions
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Ramsdale had a great start to the season. But his shot-stopping rating for non-headers in open play began to fall after the consecutive defeats to Newcastle and Wolves, when Bournemouth dropped out of the top half of the table. It never really recovered.

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Those matches weren't necessarily the pivotal ones – the goals were from set pieces and headers – but Ramsdale's reactions after Dele Alli's brace for Spurs in the next match might give a hint on his state of mind. Just guesswork, of course:
That period also coincided with Steve Cook's absence from the lineup. With him gone, Ramsdale might have had more responsibility for running the back line, which could have affected his ability to concentrate on shotstopping. Again, guesswork. Over to you, @peterrutzler. #AFCB
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Another GK leaving the Scottish Premiership for the Premier League is Wes Foderingham, to Sheffield United from Rangers. He's an outstanding shot-stopper for non-headers, also struggles with headers. Good defender in 2017-18. Stats at a PL standard:

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Foderingham stayed pretty close to his line in 2017-18, looking for shorter passes near the corners of the box but otherwise longer balls. He's too good to sit on the bench in Scotland.

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And Foderingham has more than a whiff of Hugo Lloris about him in style and substance, as this comparison shows (both at a Premier League standard). Unsurprisingly Lloris is the better all-around shot-stopper, but still lots to like in Foderingham.

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