Lys Mousset could be included in the Sheffield United starting XI when they head to Watford on Saturday. Mousset swapped Bournemouth for the Blades over the summer after growing frustrated at a lack of regular game time for the Cherries.
The forward did manage 24 appearances for Bournemouth in the Premier League last season, but just one of those was as a member of the starting XI.
The Frenchman has featured four times from the bench for United this season, scoring one goal in the win over Everton, but manager Chris Wilder has now revealed Mousset is pushing for a place in his starting line-up.
Summer signings Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson have featured in every Premier League game so far, while David McGoldrick has managed five league appearances and Billy Sharp has three.
It seems Wilder is planning to make use of all of his attackers in the coming weeks. Leon Clarke came on as a late substitute in the defeat to Liverpool last time out in his first league appearance of the season – the 34-year-old’s first ever Premier League outing.
Clarke was transfer listed in the summer and it appeared he would be moving on. In the first few weeks of the season it seemed as if the veteran had been frozen out at Bramall Lane, but Wilder says Clarke does have a role to play going forward.
“We had Leon in if we needed to go back to front late on and chase the match,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star. “He is physical and we can go a different way. “There were options for him in the summer. He’s a good character and mixes well.”
Clarke is unlikely to be handed a start any time soon, but Mousset may well be included in the first XI when the Blades head to bottom club Watford this weekend.