2. Make the most of our Saka/White partnership
Low-block teams generally neglect wide areas in order to compact the middle, and that ploy could embolden our Saka/White dynamic.
Both players can hurt the visitors on their own accord, with White’s ever-improving end product and Saka’s eye for goal- even from distance – likely to drag the Blades’ rearguard into channels and consequently weaken their defensive setup.
But our greatest asset lies in their cooperation as White loves to venture forward (league-high 42 overlapping runs in 2023/24) and may get special attention as a result, granting Saka more room to operate in one-on-one scenarios.
And to compound matters, any attempt to nullify the right flank will leave Sheffield United somewhat light around the box and exposed to our cutbacks into the so-called ‘high-percentage’ zone, where the left boot of Martin Odegaard will hopefully be waiting.
Saka and White struck up an excellent relationship last year and it will surely spark again soon.
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