West Ham man Robert Snodgrass spoke exclusively to the club’s official website about his side’s upcoming clash with Sheffield United, and offered huge words of praise for Blades boss Chris Wilder.
The Hammers take on the south Yorkshire outfit on Friday night at Bramall Lane. And it should be a cracking game.
West Ham have looked a lot better since David Moyes took charge of the club 10 days ago. But they will have their work cut out if they are to earn maximum points against Sheffield United.
Wilder has worked wonders since taking over as Blades boss back in May 2016.
The 52-year-old guided his side to the League One title in his first season in charge at Bramall Lane.
He then took them up to the Premier League after two seasons in the Championship, and they have really impressed upon their return to the top flight.
Sheffield United currently sit in 8th spot in the table, just seven points off the top four.
West Ham ace Snodgrass raved about Wilder, when speaking exclusively to WHUFC.com:
“They’re a great team, they’re a very good side, a very good bunch of lads with a top manager and it’s another test where we must match them for work-rate, desire and application because, listen, they don’t leave anything out there, they give everything. They have a top manager who, for me, has set the Premier League alight this year with how he has come in and has took it to teams and tried to have a go.”
Wilder is revolutionary
Snodgrass is spot on. Wilder has really taken the Premier League by storm. His ideas and philosophies have been ground-breaking. Yet, and probably because he is English, there has been little fanfare.
The Blades boss has implemented a system where his centre-backs overlap on either side in attacking positions – something that has never been seen before in English football.
West Ham will have to be very prepared when they head to Bramall Lane, both physically and tactically.
A draw would be a decent result for the Hammers, but if they are not on their best form, they could be blown away by Sheffield United.