Blades can only get better says Wilder

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder expects his Sheffield United side to improve as the Premier League season progresses.

The Blades secured promotion from the Championship last season and picked up a point in their curtain raiser this term as they grabbed a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

The Cherries took the lead through Chris Mepham in the second half but a late Billy Sharp strike ensured Sheffield United took a share of the spoils.

Wilder was happy with the performance at Bournemouth but he believes there is much more to come from his players.

The Blades boss brought in 10 new faces over the summer, including Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset, Mo Besic, Callum Robinson and Phil Jagielka, and Wilder believes his side will raise their game further when all of his new recruits settle in at Bramall Lane.

“I honestly reckon we’re going to get better as we go on,” he told the Sheffield Star.

He added: “We brought quite a few new players in over the summer and they’ll get better and better as their understanding of how we do things here, how we go about things on the pitch, improves.

“As we get further in, I can see us growing as a group. That’s what I’m expecting to see happen.”

Sheffield United are back in action on Sunday when they entertain Crystal Palace.

Like the Blades, Palace were tipped to struggle before the season began but they got off to a solid start with a point at home against an Everton outfit who are targeting European football.

McBurnie started on the bench at Bournemouth and Wilder may be tempted to hand the former Swansea man a start against the Eagles.

Besic was an unused substitute and will be hoping to make his debut, while 33-year-old Sharp will be looking for more game time after scoring his first-ever Premier League goal last time out.