Room at the top and strike one for ex-Sheffield United talent Brooks, a Premier League ever-present after £12million move to Bournemouth

Room at the top and strike one for ex-Sheffield United talent Brooks, a Premier League ever-present after £12million move to Bournemouth

DAVID BROOKS has scored his first Premier League goal and vindicated the decision to ignore advice from Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder to become an ever-present at Premier League Bournemouth. Six top flight starts for the Cherries is three short of what he made in the whole of the last Championship season for the Blades and new boss Eddie Howe is full of admiration for the 21-year-old Wales international midfielder.

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David Brooks' move from Sheffield United to Bournemouth was no-brainer for Blades and player, but is youth at Bramall Lane being overlooked while it's still available?

David Brooks' move from Sheffield United to Bournemouth was no-brainer for Blades and player, but is youth at Bramall Lane being overlooked while it's still available?

DAVID BROOKS has stepped up to the Premier League with a £12million move to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. His departure was inevitable and a good deal for Sheffield United and the player. But the midfield gem was set to be loaned to League Two Chesterfield just over a year ago. Which begs the question is youth being handled correctly at the Lane?

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Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has got it wrong with claim Blades are no longer a selling club

Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has got it wrong with claim Blades are no longer a selling club

CHRIS WILDER suggested this week that Sheffield United are no longer a selling club unless “silly money” is offered. An extraordinary claim which flies in the face of what Blades of all ages have experienced in their lifetimes. His belief may about to be put to the test. It’s a safe bet that it won’t need silly money, just his considerable worth, to prize midfield talent David Brooks from Bramall Lane.

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Why are Sheffield United's creative stars Brooks and Duffy considered the odd couple at Bramall Lane

Why are Sheffield United's creative stars Brooks and Duffy considered the odd couple at Bramall Lane

TWO of the most creative players in Sheffield United’s squad rarely start together. Mark Duffy and David Brooks have become the odd couple because they are regarded as operating in similar roles.  But is an opportunity that could enhance manager Chris Wilder's attacking philosophy going begging?

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Still just five league starts for Sheffield United's David Brooks as ex-Blade Calvert-Lewin's experience shortens odds further of summer exit from Bramall Lane

Still just five league starts for Sheffield United's David Brooks as ex-Blade Calvert-Lewin's experience shortens odds further of summer exit from Bramall Lane

DAVID BROOKS is recognised as the most talented player in Sheffield United's squad yet the 20-year-old has made only five league starts this season. Already tipped to leave Bramall Lane in the summer, the odds have further shortened if the experience which ex-Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin shared this week is a guide.

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Why Sheffield United's misfiring striker Leon Clarke is untouchable as Blades prepare to resume race for the play-offs

Why Sheffield United's misfiring striker Leon Clarke is untouchable as Blades prepare to resume race for the play-offs

LEON CLARKE has scored just once in his last 14 appearances but his place in Sheffield United's side appears safe no matter that the club's top scorer has stopped delivering. But Clarke isn't the only one. Boss Chris Wilder's hands appear tied as the Blades prepare to resume their race for the play-offs after the international break. Whatever their fate, a big shake-up in the strike department must be on the way.

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Are you watching Prince Abdullah? Sheffield United's crushing defeat at high-flying Fulham points finger at Saudi royal who is letting side down at Bramall Lane

Are you watching Prince Abdullah? Sheffield United's crushing defeat at high-flying Fulham points finger at Saudi royal who is letting side down at Bramall Lane

THERE was no shame attached to Sheffield United's comprehensive 3-0 midweek defeat at Fulham, the Blades were simply outclassed by a far better side. But it did call into question the input, or lack of it, from Saudi co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who is trying to wrestle full control of the Blades in a power struggle with partner Kevin McCabe.

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Who dares wins Premier prize. Furious Sheffield United boss Wilder's message to players (ditto owners) as he bids to halt Blades slide after crash at Millwall.

Who dares wins Premier prize. Furious Sheffield United boss Wilder's message to players (ditto owners) as he bids to halt Blades slide after crash at Millwall.

CHRIS WILDER went ballistic after defeat at Millwall which left Sheffield United with just one point and nine goals conceded from their last three matches. The Blades slipped to fourth in the Championship table and their manager had an abrupt message for all if they want to capitalise on a chance of returning Premier League football to Bramall Lane next season.

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Boss Wilder adamant Brooks is staying at Bramall Lane but battle to keep Sheffield United's exciting young Blade has only just begun

Boss Wilder adamant Brooks is staying at Bramall Lane but battle to keep Sheffield United's exciting young Blade has only just begun

DAVID BROOKS is going nowhere says Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder. Bold words. But if the Blades turn down the inevitable millions that will be offered in the January or summer transfer windows for Bramall Lane's most exciting prospect in decades, it will be a first. United have got form.

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Anything's possible as five-star Sheffield United make statement of intent in demolition of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

Anything's possible as five-star Sheffield United make statement of intent in demolition of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

A STUNNING Steel City derby victory at Hillsborough gave Blades the bragging rights and left Sheffield Wednesday fans in stunned silence. It also raised the bar and confirmed that Sheffield United have serious play-off potential on their return to the Championship. That will become clearer as they face another big test, at home to big-spending Wolves.

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Is gulf in ambition at Sheffield United beginning to show as manager Wilder says 'I don't do OK'?

Is gulf in ambition at Sheffield United beginning to show as manager Wilder says 'I don't do OK'?

TWO away defeats and three points from a possible nine is Sheffield United's reintroduction to the Championship. No knee-jerk reaction needed, the Blades have shown they can compete. But it's not enough for manager Chris Wilder whose ambition for this season is beginning to look at odds with those of his employers at Bramall Lane. 

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Now it's waiting game as Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says club can't compete financially with half of Championship rivals

Now it's waiting game as Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says club can't compete financially with half of Championship rivals

CHRIS WILDER says Sheffield United are unable to compete financially with half of their rivals in the Championship. With just days before the Blades start their campaign he is prepared to gamble on completing his squad-strengthening program by striking value-for-money deals closer to the summer transfer deadline.

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Brooks 'right in our squad' says Sheffield United No2 Alan Knill but scouts circle at Bramall Lane to watch Blades' young match-winner in Premier display against top flight Stoke

Brooks 'right in our squad' says Sheffield United No2 Alan Knill but scouts circle at Bramall Lane to watch Blades' young match-winner in Premier display against top flight Stoke

SCOUTS from the Premier League and abroad weren't disappointed at Bramall Lane as David Brooks continues to make the case for being an important part of Sheffield United's Championship squad. The young England star scored the winner (2-1) and his third goal of the Blades pre-season schedule against Premier League Stoke City.

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