Loan Update: Bury Fans Views On James Hanson

“James Hanson will take some time to get up to speed but I thought he did okay in winning balls and leading the line”

“it’s only one game but Hanson looked no different from Smith.”

“Hanson looks unfit also but then it is no surprise as he is short of minutes on the pitch”

“Hanson is unfit”

“Can’t honestly see what Hanson brings us, just a poor man’s Tom Pope in my opinion, would have been better to keep Smith, at least he was more mobile”

“an immobile lump.”

“Hanson is like a lump of lard”

“Hanson although i always thought a handful when playing for Bradford looks fat and awkward for us . Absolutely zero threat in the air and woeful at his feet”

“Hanson could be a useful signing as/when we drop into Lge 2, but he needs people to play to his type of game (badly phrased but I hope you know what i mean!).”

“Hanson played only once for Sheffield United before he came to us. His fitness reflects his injury problems. He tries hard but he gets no support.”

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Loan Update: Chesterfield Fans Views On Louis Reed

“Reed gets better every game”

“Reed was class”

“I thought Reed matched the high standard he’s set over recent times” “ Reed is going from strength to strength and was fantastic today”

“He is starting to look a real player” “our most skilful, creative player”

“Would be a good investment”

“The only way he would sign is if we retain our league status so nowt will happen before May.
He’ll probably have some L1 suitors as well given his consistent form”

“A real player, is Louis.”

“I know it’s a division lower, but I think he’s as good as Jimmy Ryan. There surely must be L1 scouts looking at him.”

“I wish it were otherwise as he seems to be finding his feet, but a Portsmouth or a Rotherham or a Bradford will be nosing out a bargain, as well as the sides who come down from the Championship IF he continues show his current form.”

“This lad is captain material. If our club has returned to any kind of normality before the end of the season then we should be pulling out all the stops to get him.”

“could potentially go on to be player of the season”

“He has come on leaps and bounds in a very short time. He obviously had the talent, just a question of whether he had a good footballing brain. And a season more with us would do him good, as he seems to be learning a lot from Jack and the new coaching staff.”

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Loan Update: Shrewsbury Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“Seems a real quality addition…”

“Saw plenty of the ball but his crossing was not been great but I agree, seen enough to think he could add a lot to this team.” “Thomas looked good and is a bit more direct”

“Thomas looks a good signing”

“He looks like he has a point to prove”

“Like the look of Thomas”

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Loan Updates: Rotherham Fans Views On Caolan Lavery

“didnt quite look up to speed”

“Liked look of Lavery when he came on, you could see when he got better of there defender he didn’t have that match fitness to take him clear.”

“I thought he did ok for a first appearance.
Looks like a footballer and not tired old journeyman”

“Lavery looked keen to impress but boy is he out of condition. Understandably though considering he hasn’t been playing.
A good stint of exercise under Warne will soon have him firing on all cylinders.Apparently there is talk of Lavery signing perm at the end of the season if all goes to plan”

“Yes I’ve heard Lavery on a perm too.
Indirect info but from bluntie official”

“Looked good. just match sharpness being the issue”

“Laverty played well when he came on. He did a bit of ball holding in the corner just befor the goal and had the p1ss took out of him by a team mate. I’ve been told that we have signed a great player in the making. If he fits into the squad and does well let’s hope we do sign him on a decent contract.”

“Although I like the look of Lavery I was hoping to get a striker with sheer pace,although not fully up to speed it was a shock when their centre half run past him, we gonna need that extra pace in the championship”

“I too thought Lavery would be quicker”

“Lavery did well in his cameo appearance and looks to have quick feet. He certainly played his part in the second goal.
He looks well short of the required level of fitness at the moment and hopefully that’s the only reason the centre half caught up with him when he was put through in a decent position. He looks to have a lot of promise though and could well become an integral part of the attack in the latter part of the season.”

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Loan Update: Wimbledon Fans Views On George Long

“Only teams in the top 4 have conceded less than us. Someone is doing something right and it’s not all George Long.”

“Throw the cash to get Long”

“Will be rough next season if we have to replace Long”

“He made two tremendous saves today”

“Long was superb at the back”

“George Long is too good for us.”

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Former Players Update

United are back in FA Cup action this weekend as The Blades take on Preston in the 4th Round of the famous competition. Although not the main priority on any clubs lists these days a good cup run, especially for a lower league side, still holds an excitement that can’t be matched. United’s last great run was in the 2013/2014 where, as a League One club, we reached the Semi Finals beating two Premierships sides on the way to Wembley. The cup run gave Unitedites many great moments that will stick in the memory for as long as they live. Here I take a look at just a few of the players who helped us in that remarkable cup run and see how they are getting on today.

The player who has gone to achieve more than any other from the 2013/2014 squad is undoubtedly Harry Maguire. Last year saw him make his England debut and the Leicester fans have been very impressed with their summer signing.

Maguire is having a great season

Maguire is one of the four best defenders in the division”

simply amazing and didn’t put a foot wrong.. his best performance in blue and he’s had some good ones”

Maguire was close to perfection today. What a player, what a signing”

Think Dragovic andMaguire has the potential to be the best centre-back partnership we’ve ever had, and that’s a position we’ve generally been strong in over the last 30 years.”

Everyone bangs on about mahrez and vardy leaving but Maguire might be worth more!!”

Maguire would deal with Kane!”

Maguire is brilliant, I love him”

A more unsung hero in our cup exploits was captain Michael Doyle. He is now back at his old club Coventry and is a key part of their promotion challenging team, along with another  former Blade.

There are two players we must keep, Doyle and McNulty”

Doyle and McNulty must stay fit if we are to make the play offs”

We desperately were crying out for a leader. No matter what his shortcomings talent wise. No one can argue he’s a true leader and huge voice in dressing room who has by all accounts impeccable standards for training etc.

The man is a leader and to me one of my favourite Cov players of all time, yes he isnt technically gifted like other players, but he always gives 100%, he puts himself on the line and wears the badge with immense pride.

Nothing but love for Doyler from me. “

Never been that enamoured with Doyle before, but I can see what he adds to the team and he is forever getting a leg in, chasing down, breaking up play, getting in players faces, disrupting the opposition and just keeps going relentlessly. He also has great passion and spirit and that counts for a lot.”
I think he adds more to the side than some give him credit for.

Robins and team rely so much on the unsung Doyle.”

Doyle is the glue that keeps the team together”

Does this guy run on Duracell?”

Chris Porter was our top scorer in both League and Cup in the 2013/2014 season and it seems his coolness from the spot hasn’t changed.

Porter takes a great pen”

Even with Chris Porter back from injury it’s not enough.”

Wish everyone associated with Crewe had same mindset as Porter”

Ports is a legend”

Massive Chris Porter fan. Hes a goal scorer and its great to have him.”

Always like seeing Porter grab a goal”

Said all season get porter in the box he will score !”

One of the most memorable moments of the cup run was the last minute goal by Shaun Miller in the replay against then Premiership Fulham. He is now at Carlisle but there is a debate to whether he will soon be moving on to pastures new.

Shaun Miller’s problem throughout his career has been his lack of consistency. He can have a good season like he did at Morecambe then go on a long run of games without scoring. I was looking at some of the articles from the Crewe Chronicle when he played for Crewe and it’s much as you’d expect. I think we’re better to off-load him now to save his wages.”

I cannot see a footballing reason to let Miller go. We need a small, tricky forward who can score. He’s not pulling up trees this year and looks better off the bench but has always struck me a quality player who, like Devitt, perhaps given a freer role is hard to pick up and can create problems.”

Miller’s style does not suit the style of play under Curle, which is baffling considering he brought him in after 1 prolific season with Morcambe.

Miller is a favourite of mine because of the goals he has scored, or the shots he has attempted. Shaun will be 31 this year. is he going to improve anymore than he has, like Jabo, and improve his goal scoring at another club. i dont think he can as scoring every 5 games ratio is not good enough.”

Letting Shaun Miller go would be a huge mistake in my book with him being the best forward we have. The problem is he doesn’t fit in to the Manager’s hoofball tactic and I feel were he in a side who liked to keep it on the ground then he’d bag 15+ a season.I expect Fash the Bash or Niall Quinn to be coming out of retirement anytime soon.”

there is obviously abit of skill about him and just needs to be in the right team.”

Jose Baxter scored the opening goal in the semi-final at Wembley and was another who played a huge part in the our cup success. After well documented off the field issues he was eventually released by The Blades in 2016. He now finds himself back at his first club Everton though he’s not involved with the first team squad.

I think hes played three or four U23s, last time I remember him was getting clattered and walking off injured , think it was Swansea. He reminds me of watching semi professional games when an old former pro comes on at half time, you can see there was a talent there once , just cant do it for 70 mins . But hes getting fitter and I would say a reasonable chance somebody will pick him up from us come January.”

hes played at a few times, kit is a little tight on him these days but hes still got the most ability on the pitch by a mile for me. He must be in the shop window for a loan. Could do a great job in the lower leagues”

hes had a couple of offers for january from Oldham and Fleetwood which was the point of the exercise”

Sounds like he hasn’t got in any more bother. Hopefully he’s a reformed character

Think he’s nursing an injury”

The only thing he’s nursing is a semi at the fact he’s still getting paid to play footy.”

Why did we even entertain the idea of bringing this oxygen thief back? Utter joke.”

I just dont understand the clubs decision to bring Baxter or Jeffers back in. Both total wastes of talent & not the kind of people you want around your academy kids.”

They gave the kid a chance to get back, you all are a bunch of sad people for not seeing that.Good on the club, these kind of projects and caring for others that might not bring “profit” is what I want to see from the club.

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Charlton Fans Views On Ricky Holmes

 

“Well, we have underachieved (again) so can’t really blame him. He was obviously told we were going to be challenging for top 2 and we’re currently struggling to finish 6th.
Typical Charlton – mid table beckons”

“One of the few players in recent years I’ve really taken to.
When (seems pointless bothering with the ‘if’) he goes that will be a resounding admission that the season is over.
Ricky will always get a loud cheer and clap from me if and when he returns as a member of the opposition.”

“He’s been by far an away a great player for us, not only his goals and skill but he puts a shift in.”

“3 opposition players on him every game as he is the only threat currently”

“Thanks for the memories Ricky, you Duracell Battery Boy you, scored some cracking worldies the last for me away at Oldham this season and the hat trick at Shrewsbury last. The clock is ticking down on your career and with injuries, a dip in form and fresh challenges needed I understand your desire to move away from this basket case of a club. Good luck for the future.”

“A hand in 13 goals out of the 33 so far. Scored six and seven assists”

“Its been a stop start season for Ricky and the rest of the team yet again because of the lack of depth we have in the squad. One minute he is playing with decent players the next shit players, or unfit players.
I love on here whenever we are about to sell one of our better players they are now shit or they were never committed.”

“Our most effective player by a country mile”

“Only decent player at the club. Country mile above the rest and would hack it in the Championship when not surrounded by dross.”

“that’s confirmation for me we’ve given up on realistically aiming for top six. He may have been below his best the past couple of months but he’s the one attacking player we have who can beat a man and create something”

“bye bye Ricky = bye bye faint play off hopes”

“He was sensational last season and early this season. He is obviously good enough for the Championship.”

“Only decent footballer we have in a different class to Fosu, Foster-Caskey and the rest. If he does go that will be the end of this season. His form is being dragged down by playing with some who don’t put in the shift he puts in.”

“He may have been off-form and is clearly suffering from sides doubling up on him with no other attacking threat currently but I didn’t see any lack of effort in the Posh game (last one I attended). He destroyed their right-back in the first-half and created several good chances which Magennis, Marshall, Best flunked then his refusal to give up in the last ten minutes got us that unlikely point”

“If Ricky goes and no replacement comes in then I expect Gobbinson to walk.”

“Easily one of our best players, but he has been toilet this season. Can’t blame him for wanting out, we sold him the promotion dream, which isn’t happening and he’s got limited miles on his clock to play Championship football.”

“start of the season he was playing very well and scoring, personally i don’t think he’s 100% fit, but he never hides and in my opinion is our hardest working player.”

“Holmes was good at the start of the season before he had a suspected broken foot which turned out to be severe bruising. He’s not played well since.”

“Maybe it might be a blessing in disguise if Ricky goes. If I am trying to spin a positive from this situation at least our football and attacking build up play wont be so obvious.”

“In a footballing sense there is no positive from Ricky Holmes going.”

“I like Ricky but he has been rancid this season, heart clearly isnt in it. Think he will be found out pretty quickly in the Champ.”

“Against flawed League 1 defenders Holmes can frighten them and earn chances by running at them, but he doesn’t bring others into the game enough to be effective at a higher level, (just my opinion). Week in week out I feel like I watch Holmes get gradually sussed out, as good as he is for us.
He can dribble, cross and shoot – which is more than most League 1 wingers… but in other circumstances getting a decent fee for him at 30 years old wouldn’t be awful.”

“He was scoring goals at the start of the season, but they have dried up and he looks an average League 1 player when the screamers aren’t going in. He’s a good runner with the ball, shoots well, and works hard for a winger – I don’t really buy into the idea he’s looked disinterested.
Probably suffering a bit from all the chopping and changing, stopping and starting going on with our season, but he’s not an especially creative player, has a tendency to try to do it on his own too much, and there is no denying he has not played particularly well for a few months now. I don’t, personally, think he will pull up any trees at Championship level, but you cant blame him for wanting to try at this stage of his career.”

“Ricky has had the benefit of scoring some headline goals; ‘Worldies’. Now there’s a fair amount of luck in smashing those in from 35 yards as any footballer will admit. Take away those goals and what have you got? Yes, he can get his head down and bomb down the wing, and cross the ball. And he does give 100%. In fact he can shoot given the chance.
But to me he’s a little bit of a one trick pony. Do you ever see him put his foot on the ball, look up and play a killer pass? Not often. He hardly ever even dummies a cross so he can cut back inside. He’s just a bit predictable, and the opposition has sussed him out, which has affected both Ricky and the side’s fortunes.
Yes, he’s one of our better players, but let’s not kid ourselves that he’s a premier league player, or even close to one. He probably deserves a chance to show what he can do in the Cchampionship, and if he makes it, with or without us, good luck to him.”

“his form has fallen off drastically in the last couple months. He hasn’t scored in 10 weeks, since AFCW on 28/10 (correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think he has), and he hasn’t scored from open play since Walsall in late September (I think, I’m pretty sure, correct either of those if needed).
He’s not exactly a passive observer in all of this. Yes injuries around him and the lack of another striker has almost certainly influenced his performances, but they haven’t been as good in recent weeks.
That said, I can understand him wanting to go. He’s ~30, and this is almost certainly his last big shot at a big pay day and maybe his last chance not only to play in the Championship, but maybe, if things keep going the way they’ve been going, a genuine shot at the Premier League so late in his career.”

“Holmes has been off form since October & hasn’t scored for months & his set pieces have been rubbish.
Sometimes I do wonder if players do this on purpose. He got anew contract in the summer so made some ££££ & then 3 months latter puts in sub-standard performances. The team then suffers, form dips & then he goes to the manager saying that the promotion push has stalled & wants to leave. Player benefits all round.
Not saying that I want him to leave as he is probably the most exciting player we have (Mavididi & Da Silva are up there but they are both loanees) and without him any attacking threat has gone.”

“he has underperformed,
I am not saying he should be winning games on his own, but it is not the same Ricky Holmes from last season”

“Slightly surprised Sheff Utd have come back for him. To me he’s lower Championship at best, his crossing, corners and indirect free kicks aren’t very good.”

“I’ll miss his amazing corner repartee.”

“Good riddance to him . He’s been making it clear for a long time that he wants to play in The Championship without actually showing he’s Championship class .
You can count on one hand the good games he has played this season
Enjoy getting splinters on Sheffield United’s bench.”

“He’s shit anyway/he has a negative influence in the dressing room/he sells crack to the youth teams
Take your pick of the above when he fucks off to help convince yourself this ship isn’t sinking.”

“The way players become “shit” at the first news of a transfer baffles me.”

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Man Utd and Brighton Fans Views On James Wilson

Man Utd Fans

“I thought that Januzaj and Wilson were nailed on to become the future of the club,but unfortunately I was completely off the mark.”

“thought he’ll be a great youth prospect when he emerged on the scene in that Hull game under Giggs, but after that, meh..”

“James Wilson could do with regular football at a higher level than the u23’s”

“He’s not even training once in a while with the first team”

“Is James Wilson still alive?”

“Two Strikers out injured and James Wilson still can’t get a sniff at the squad despite his goals for the U 23 . Looks like his United career over which is a shame”

“The word “Potential” sums him up”

“ I’d love to see Wilson given another chance. Most unlikely though.”

“Want to see James Wilson be given another chance”

“Mourinho should just try playing James Wilson upfront in the next games Because just can’t see where the goals are going to come from with these attackers and with no ibra and lukaku”

“Very fast and a great finisher you don’t knw myb he cn be our Harry Kane ,but mou is trying to sign a finished Lucas moura”

“Get fucking James Wilson and his fucked knee in the squad”

“James Wilson is a better finisher than Rashford”

Brighton Fans

“James Wilson in our team now would rip teams apart”

“there is something there”

“there’s a good player in there just needs a good run of games uninterrupted by injury.”

“Lack lustre, weak, uninterested, Unpassionate but huge potential”

“had his moments but can be extremely lazy. Only good when he can be bothered to be”

“Good to start with, then had some kind of virus and either never recovered or he’s just very physically weak. Decent finisher tho”

“Knows where the goal is for sure, looks lazy most of time though – also occasionally throws up on the pitch!”

“lazy majority of the time, average player but can finish”

“He’s alright. alright. Had a lot of illness when he was here. Don’t think he’s any clubs season changer or promotion key though”

“don’t think we saw him at his best. But maybe we actually did?”

“The bloke was useless”

“Such an average, overhyped player”

“I didn’t think he was good for us at all”

“he’s lazy and lacklustre and very weak”

“will never make a championship striker, weak, lazy and disinterested.”

“didn’t look interested at all”

“Not sure if he was unfit or just didn’t give a fuck”

“What a disappointment he was”

“James Wilson is fucking terrible.”

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Wolves and Wigan Fans Views On Lee Evans

Wolves Fans

“Sort of player that would flourish under a manager like Wilder. Always liked him myself, looks like he could be a good centre mid in this league, and recently broke into the Welsh team. Had a very good start of the season at Wigan.
Can be a bit of a c*** too though. A few years ago we rejected a bid from Watford for him and he refused to play for us over it. Since then I think his career at Wolves has been over.”

“Lee Evans is a top signing for Blades at that price. Seen him dominate games at this level.”

“I’m surprised Wigan aren’t matching that, he’s done really well for them.
He will have a decent championship career IMO”

“They maybe matching it but then who would you sign for Wigan or Sheff Utd!!”

“Good move for him.
I would be happy with this if we have a sell on. He is still young enough to get better.”

“Has a lot of talent and will end up being a very decent Championship player.”

“I agree that he will definitely have a decent Championship career, you only have to look at some of his performances to see that the talent is there. It is just that he has lacked the consistency to do this over a run of games but that hasn’t been helped by him not being a regular in the side.”

“He was smashing it in L1 so I think he’s improved since he was last in a wolves shirt.
He is a decent player but as others have said we’re aiming higher now.
I think he’ll do well at the blades”

“He will do well at the blades. Talented player when he wants to be. Decent work ethic. Very technical and fancy good passer just not on the same level as Neves I’m afraid. Only in his own mind.. No doubt this move could get his career moving. Teams have paid a lot more for far worse. Good luck Lee. Another one to go with Clarke and Stearman for the blades “

“Saw Lee have some brilliant games in a Wolves shirt, but equally have some very poor games too. No doubt he’s got a bit of ability, just not maybe the consistency that would make him a top player. Definitely think he’ll be a good Championship player over his career though.”

“Another who will be an ok championship player (like Savile and others) but not going to get a game for us now. Good move all round.”

“Brought for £250k sold for £750k and has only ever looked good in L1? Good business for us, Sheffield United like a home for ex-wolves”

“Good luck to him, but we’ve gone up a level.”

“Great move for him . Definitely his level at mid table championship clubs”

“Never good enough.
750k is top business.”

“Good riddance to him imo. Never good enough even when we were rubbish. Nowhere near good enough now.”

“They’re rapidly taking on the look of a wolves B team.”

“Take the money and run. Not nearly good enough for where we want to be.
In fact not nearly good enough for where we were! League 1 is his level.”

“ He’s a legend in his own lunchtime. He passes the ball out to an advertising hoarding and then preens his hair like a schoolgirl with a crush when other players are looking at him puzzled at his decision. Sheffield United is a good move for him; I don’t see him as a regular Championship level player. “

“Shows the level Blades are at when they’re buying our what, sixth choice centre mid? Behind Neves, Saiss, N’Diaye, MGW and Price (who’s now off too).
He looks a fancy player at times but not quite there. Top end of League One where he is now is probs about right.
Good luck to him but we have certainly moved on from the likes of Evans. “

“They’re building
It would be equivalent of us buying off Newcastle when we were in the champ “

 

Wigan Fans

“Been a great player for us.”

“Good luck to him. He’s been decent for us.
This is a step up for him and I wish him well.”

“This is a reality check on what we are now, this would have been a good investment as I an sure that his value would only have increased as he developed. Crying shame and one decision I hope we don’t regret in the future. The championship will be hard 4 us.”

“Evans will be a big miss. “

“Has been one of our best players this season, set up so many goals with set pieces. Did not know how bad the finances were if we no longer afford even 750k. Especially as he’s still only young, will be worth a lot more than that in a few years. “

“Very good player . Daft sending off disrupted his season a bit but he has made a positive contribution. Good luck to him .”

“Thought he been excellent for us shame he’s going “

“Gutted to see Evans go, and very surprised we didn’t sign him permanently especially for £750k”

“Losing him will be a blow, for sure”

“I can’t believe we’ve let him go our best midfielder since Jordi Gomez!”

“Evans been as good as Morsy this season for me. Range of passing and set piece delivery will be missed. If the clause to buy him in his loan was true, then we’ve made the wrong decision not activating”

“Evans has been our anchor all year and been solid. Hes ridiculous and will be a massive loss”

“Lee Evans is the reason we’re on this run at the moment, was no surprise performances dropped after Scunthorpe away when banned. He’s a class above any midfielder we have bar morsy”

“Had some great games this season but had some stinkers as well. Sad to see him go but expected him to drop to the bench when MacDonald was back fit anyway. “

“He’s been good this season but he’s not worth £750k and we can’t buy what we can’t afford anyway.
In my opinion he’s in that no man’s zone with the likes of Jacobs, too good for this league but not quite up to Championship standard.”

“Decent player but a bit inconsistent, can either ping some great passes all game or every single pass hit an advertising hoarding, free kicks again are either brilliant or woeful and he can’t take corners. 750k not worth it. If he was consistently good like Morsy then maybe more so. “

“No big loss Would sooner have max power anyway and we’ve got Shaun macdonald back which is like a new signing and won’t cost us 750k”

“is Evans capable for Cham? I not sure. By the time in summer if we promoted to champ, the take over should be done, where we can spend more money on better player at that position. So no big loss for me as well”

“Shame losing Evans, but nothing to lose any sleep over. He’s a good ‘un, but personally think Power is an all round better player”

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Southend Fans Views On Ryan Leonard

 

“The player has expressed his desire to move to a higher level and yet, all credit to him, he has continued to give his all. The poor sod is having to endure performing to prop up a side undeserving of his ability or commitment.”

“Lenny would easily step up to Championship level, nothing short of what he deserves. Just a shame it will very unlikely be with us. Hate to say it but Sheff Utd would be a good fit for him given their style of play”

“He is worthy of playing at a higher level, and for me better than Sheffield United, and he should seize the opportunity given to him. He has done more than enough to justify his salary with us and owes us nothing. I bet he would be pleased to think we also got a fee for him.”

“Bye bye Ryan. Thank you for your excellent work and professionalism. I look forward to your rise to the top. One word of caution though, don’t go to Sheffield united. You are better than that now and will be a lot better in the future.”

“Sheffield United will be a good fit for him and in Chris Wilder he’ll be working under an up and coming manager, it wouldn’t surprise me to see both in the Premiership in the next couple of seasons.”

“All i can say is i believe if they do sign Leonard ,he will not only be good in the championship but also in the premiership should they attain that.”

“Good luck Lenny you’ve been awesome from day 1 ( i still remember the screamers you scored in your first matches at Dartford & Gt Wakering!)…. and reckon your speed and strength will establish you as a premier league player within 18 months. I personally think your best position is attacking right back and hope you will soon be challenging the likes of Kyle Walker, Nathan Clyne & Jo Gomez as England’s number 2. Thinking about it , it was Sheff Utd who sold on Walker and Kyle Naughton for millions not too many years ago so thats the right club to show your progress at!”

“Lenny gets in my all time side of the last 30 years. A true professional the likes only come along to Southend once every few years. I don’t want him to go but I am realistic and would love to see him playing in the Prem in a few years time and who knows even pulling on an England shirt, is he as good as a Eric Dier at Spurs, in a much better team than ours would be very interesting.”

“Since the end of August four significant things have happened:
1. Lenny has continued to play exceptionally well but has also proved his superb character by not sulking thus making himself more valuable.
2. Sheffield United have given themselves a shout for the riches of the Premier and are more likely to speculate to accumulate.
3. Coutts, who is excellent, is out for the season and they have probably wised up to the fact that Lundstram is nothing like a decent replacement but Lenny most certainly is.
4. Our cakewalk to the Championship hasn’t started and here is chance to recoup some of the cash that has been splashed.
For all of these reasons we should be able to drive a hard bargain.
Certainly Lenny deserves a crack at the big time just like Chrissie Powell was given after two hundred plus games with us.
Two terrific servants.
Good luck Lenny.”

“I get the impression there was more than one team interested in him.”

“And so there should be”

“I would be dumbfounded if I found that Sheffield United and Millwall were the only clubs interested or even the best clubs he could attract.”

“Sheffield United deserve praise for how they’ve gone about this as their desire to land the player has clearly paid off.
Make no mistake, there would be Championship interest in Leonard but he obviously appreciates how much Chris Wilder and the Blades want to sign him and that will be the key to sealing this transfer.”

“Lenny has been one of my favourite players for a while. A lot of footballers in his position would have had a massive strop, refused to play or not put any effort on the pitch. I have seen no change in his game since the talks began. He obviously wants to leave for a bigger team and money so I have the upmost respect for him when he does go. He is a big player and an integral part of our team. We will miss him and will find it extremely difficult to replace him with someone as good as him.”

“we ONLY have a chance with him in the team of promotion.”

“Sell Lenny and very close call if we get relegated!”

“In all honesty Lenny is our team. His defensive covering is immeasurable. His engine is superb. The rest of our midfield will be shown up without him. Looking over our shoulders without him. Looking up with him”

“He covers an awful lot of sins in the current set-up.”

“Deserves better than carrying a team full of over the hill veterans on far higher wages than him to a mid table/top half finish.”

“The fact is that Lenny is one of the best midfielders outside the Championship”

“I personally am a Lenny fan and would love him to stay but if given the opportunity to play at a higher level he should take it. He deserves the chance and has been a good servant to the club”

“You’ve got it all wrong Sheffield he does nothing in the midfield he’s rubbish, he’s injured, he’s overrated, now on your way, bye bye, leave us alone nothing to see here”

“Lenny isn’t irreplacable but his departure would mean a complete rethink of the balance in midfield. A holding central midfield player and another more defensively minded player.”

“I like Lenny, but i’m not overly convinced he is a player that we absolutely cannot lose, when i think back to all the other good standard midfielders weve had then sorry, he doesnt stand out that much. Of course right now he does stand out because our midfield blows hot and minus cold every fornight and Lenny is at least consistant with his displays and gives 100 % and by no means do i think there is not a good player in there.”

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