Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED have found the last piece of the jigsaw in their bid to return Premier League football to Bramall Lane. Game management, which has so often eluded the Blades this season, came into play at The Hawthorns where they defended a 1-0 first-half lead over formidable promotion rivals West Brom. More of the same and the top flight will look a good deal closer.

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No calculated spin of the dice for Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder with stakes so high for Blades at The Hawthorns and Hillsborough

No calculated spin of the dice for Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder with stakes so high for Blades at The Hawthorns and Hillsborough

SHEFFIELD UNITED have reached what could be a defining two fixtures in their promotion bid. Starting at promotion rivals West Brom followed by a trip to Hillsborough. Chris Wilder gambled with his strikeforce in what turned out to be a spectacular success in a 4-0 home win over struggling Reading. But he won’t be spinning the dice as far as these dates are concerned.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hints that stellar signing to boost strike options for Blades is still on the cards as Bramall Lane fans signal they are prepared to grant bad boy Madine a pardon

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hints that stellar signing to boost strike options for Blades is still on the cards as Bramall Lane fans signal they are prepared to grant bad boy Madine a pardon

GARY MADINE is far from what Sheffield United fans had in mind when manager Chris Wilder talked up the need for a top quality striker to make the difference in the push to secure Premier League football. But Wilder is hinting that a stellar signing is still possible before the January transfer window closes and supporters have indicated they are prepared to give bad boy Madine benefit of the doubt.

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Wilder needs charm offensive as shocked Sheffield United fans find Gary Madine becoming a Blade hard to stomach at Bramall Lane

Wilder needs charm offensive as shocked Sheffield United fans find Gary Madine becoming a Blade hard to stomach at Bramall Lane

THERE is no love lost between former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine and Sheffield United fans. Which makes it even more remarkable that the man who hasn’t scored a single goal since joining Cardiff City a year ago, is joining the Blades on a six-month loan to bolster their bid for Premier League football.

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