Sheffield United stalwart remains optimistic about the season ahead

Date published: Thursday 14th October 2021 2:35 - Ben Rooth

Sheffield United's John Egan, George Baldock and West Bromwich Albion's Callum Robinson battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

Sheffield United defender John Egan has stated that Blades are constantly improving as a team under new boss Slavisa Jokanović despite the sluggish start.

United have lost their last two Championship games, with their most recent defeat coming away at Bournemouth before the international break.

Jokanović’s men lost 2-1 to their former Premier League counterparts but were on the end of some questionable refereeing decisions.

Back-to-back defeats for the Blades has resulted in the South Yorkshire side dropping to 14th in the league, six points off the play-off places.

Speaking to The Star, Egan said: “We’re not where we wanted to be.

“But it’s always going to be hard in this league. We’ve had different issues to face and we have a long season ahead of us.

“We know what our end goal is and we’re getting better as a team, I feel. We’re improving all the time and can hopefully keep picking up results

“You can’t look too far ahead, we just want to try and win the next game. It’s all you can do. There’s a lot of football to be played.”

The Blades welcome a high-flying Stoke side to Bramall Lane on Saturday and will be hoping they can end their winless run with a much-needed win.

The visitors are coming off the back of a dominant 1-0 victory against West Brom before the break and will be searching for a third league win in four games.

“It’ll be tough,” said Egan. “They’re a really good side.

“They’ve shown that this season. Hopefully, we can prepare right and we’ll give everything to get three points.”

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Sheffield United loanee Ben Davies makes decision on future

Blades defender Ben Davies, who is on loan from Liverpool, has already made his mind up about his immediate future.

The Barrow-in-Furness-born centre-back landed a shock move to Liverpool in February 2021. He arrived with Ozan Kabak on transfer deadline day with Jurgen Klopp hunting for defensive cover.

Klopp had Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all suffering from long-term injuries. And the German needed bodies in at Anfield. Still, despite the crippling injury list, Davies failed to force his way into the first-team reckoning.

Davies has in fact yet to make an appearance for Liverpool and in August he was granted a season-long loan move to Sheffield United.

But the former York City man has started to find his feet after half a season of inactivity.

Davies has made six appearances in the Championship and started to form a solid partnership with John Egan. The Blades are also finding their feet in the second tier and with a new manager to boot too in Slavisa Jokanovic.

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