Ex-Sheffield United defender John Brayford victim of crazy days at Bramall Lane and Burton boss Nigel Clough has had last laugh

Ex-Sheffield United defender John Brayford victim of crazy days at Bramall Lane and Burton boss Nigel Clough has had last laugh

JOHN BRAYFORD'S departure from Bramall Lane almost went unnoticed. The player who quickly established a great rapport with Sheffield United fans despite a loss of form, was ultimately victim to politics and past profligacy at the club.  As irony would have it ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough has had the last laugh.

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Blackman has every chance to be our No1 choice, now prove it challenges Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder

Blackman has every chance to be our No1 choice, now prove it challenges Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder

JAMAL BLACKMAN has a big job ahead of him deputising for injured Sheffield United first choice goalkeeper Simon Moore. But Blades boss Chris Wilder has challenged the 23-year-old 6ft 6ins giant, on loan from Chelsea, to make the No1 spot his own starting in the first Championship fixture at home to Brentford.

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Sheffield United midfield stars Coutts and Fleck are just Champion-ship for Blades boss Wilder

Sheffield United midfield stars Coutts and Fleck are just Champion-ship for Blades boss Wilder

PAUL COUTTS, transfer-listed last summer, and John Fleck are set to have the side built around them if Sheffield United clinch promotion to the Championship. Boss Chris Wilder says they are the best midfield partnership in League One and has faith they can step up to the challenge. Meanwhile, John Brayford's hopes of returning from a loan spell at Burton Albion look unlikely.

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It's tin hat time for Sheffield United as cracks appear in Wilder's rebuild at Bramall Lane

It's tin hat time for Sheffield United as cracks appear in Wilder's rebuild at Bramall Lane

THE TRANSFER window has closed and it's tin hat time for Chris Wilder whose  comprehensive rebuild at Sheffield United now faces its biggest test. Has he assembled a squad good enough to establish a promotion bid? Or after all the rhetoric are cracks beginning to show?

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Sheffield United defender John Brayford can do no wrong in eyes of manager and best mate Nigel Clough – a relationship that outstrips former boss Neil Warnock's with Phil Jagielka

Sheffield United defender John Brayford can do no wrong in eyes of manager and best mate Nigel Clough – a relationship that outstrips former boss Neil Warnock's with Phil Jagielka

PHIL JAGEILKA was jokingly described by teammates during his days at Bramall Lane as manager Neil Warnock's love child. Now another player appears to have adopted the role under current Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.

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