Sheffield United sit 23rd in the EFL Championship after 5 game weeks and are struggling to score this season. The Blades were relegated last season from the Premier League and remain the only relegated team to find form in the Championship. The team has not played poorly as their position shows, but there are a few departments in which they have struggled. Now let’s look at the areas where the Blades have lacked.
Goalscoring has been an issue for United since last season. The team only scored 20 goals in 38 Premier League games last season and this season the same story has continued for them. They have only managed to score 1 goal in their 5 matches and only managed to get 2 points in these games. The Blades have attempted 48 shots at goal this season and are ranked 12th in the league for the most shots taken. But one thing that has been the biggest disappointment is their shots on target stats. Out of 48 shots, only 7 have been hit on target with an accuracy of just 14.6%. They have the poorest accuracy in the whole league and have only managed to score only 1 goal. There were no signings made in the forward line this season and their most expensive signing Rhian Brewster is yet to make his mark in the club.
In their last match against Luton Town, they only managed to take 6 shots and only 1 was on target. Their XG was 0.34 which is pretty low even with 65% of the possession. Thus we come to know that the Blades have struggled a lot in goal scoring department and this is the main reason behind their winless start to the season.
Another department in which they have struggled is the goalkeeping side. United’s defence has been tight this season and the goalkeeper has only faced 14 shots on target. Out of those 14, only 7 have been saved meaning that the save rate is 50% which is the 2nd poorest in the league. 3 goalkeepers have featured this season for the Blades and out of those keepers their main keeper Aaron Ramsdale has left for Arsenal. They were unable to replace Dean Henderson and his departure to his parent club Manchester United last season was the beginning of their downfall.
United’s players have passed the ball well this season and stand in 3rd position for the most number of passes with 2,410 and accuracy of 85.8%. The team is ranked number 1 for the most smart passes and through balls but their finishing has let them down. Their possession has not been productive and still require sharpness in the box.