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Ranking every Sheffield United player

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Sheffield United’s Chris Basham (left) reacts after the final whistle Sheffield United v West Ham United - Premier League - Bramall Lane 10-01-2020 . (Photo by Simon Cooper/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

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How to grade the players who’ve combined in a rather even manner to produce the (probably) second-best Premier League story of the decade?

You just... do.

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Below we give each Sheffield United player a grade, ranking and grouping them together based on their seasons so far.

If a Blades player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

Chris Basham: An absolute monster, averaging 2.2 tackles, 2.2 interceptions, and 4.5 clearances while playing all but 80 minutes of the league campaign. To do so after waiting nearly nine years between top-flight opportunities is all the more impressive. There are not a lot of center backs with four Man of the Match honors on their resumes.

John Fleck: Five goals, two assists, 80 percent passing with grit to fill a vacuum on the weakest side (let alone one as hearty as the Blades).

Oliver Norwood: Averaging an absurd 6.5 completed long balls per game (1.6 crosses). To have that ambition with the ball while still completing 81.1 percent of all passes is *chef’s kiss.*

Enda Stevens

Sheffield United v Aston Villa - Premier League

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: John Fleck of Sheffield United celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Aston Villa at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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B-GRADE

Dean Henderson: One of the stories of the summer will be how Manchester United views the homegrown loanee, especially considering how David De Gea has slipped a bit. For the most part, he’s been excellent.

George Baldock: One of two every-minute men (Jack O’Connell), Baldock delivers the goods in all thirds of the pitch.

John Lundstram
Jack O’Connell
John Egan


C-GRADE

David McGoldrick: The unluckiest player in the Premier League, he’s produced plenty of chances but hasn’t been able to finish them off. That’s keeping him from a B, or even higher. Problems of being a forward.

Billy Sharp: Getting a boost out of sentimentality, as his three goals and status as a club hero give anyone with a pulse a good feeling. Those goals coming in big spots tease a better grade.

Lys Mousset: The team’s leader in both goals and assists but offers almost zero in any other area of the pitch. Is that harsh? Blades fans might argue with the C.

Luke Freeman
Oliver McBurnie

Sheffield United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Lys Mousset of Sheffield United scores his sides 1st goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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D-GRADE

Callum Robinson
Ben Osborn
Muhamed Besic


INCOMPLETE

Leon Clarke, Ravel Morrison, Simon Moore, Phil Jagielka, Sander Berge