Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says that qualification for next season’s Europa League is the last thing Sheffield United need.
In the Times, he said he feels European football would stretch Chris Wilder’s resources too far and that it’s the last thing the Blades need.
He said: “Another win for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United yesterday. They rise above Tottenham to go fifth and can legitimately start dreaming about European football next season. How good can it get? Actually, if I followed United I would be dreading a run in Europe next season — it would be a step too far.
“Wilder has performed miracles in his three and a half seasons at the club, taking them from the depths of League One in August 2016 to their present dizzying heights. But he has done it by being realistic about the resources at his disposal and what he wants out of them. A Europa League campaign next season is the last thing he needs.”
TBR’s View – English football’s attitude towards the Europa League needs to change
Burnley became the latest team to disrespect the Europa League when they cast it aside as their league form started to suffer from even their very short participation in it.
Teams spend the whole season pushing for the European places and then when they get there, some of them just disrespect the competition and view it as a burden.
Tottenham used to do that under Harry Redknapp, Burnley and others have done it more recently.
But Wilder has attacked every challenge his side have faced head on and he should do exactly the same with Europe if he can get his side in there.
Why should Sheffield United throw away the chance in a competition where they could give their fans some amazing nights and memories? Wolves have embraced it with their small squad and the Blades should do the same if they get into it.