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2017–18 Sheffield United F.C. season

The 2017–18 season was Sheffield United's 129th season in their history and marked their return to the Championship, following a six-year stay in the third tier. Along with the Championship, the club also competed in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

Sheffield United
2017–18 season
ChairmanKevin McCabe
ManagerChris Wilder
StadiumBramall Lane
Championship10th
FA CupFifth Round
(vs. Leicester City)
EFL CupSecond round
(vs. Leicester City)
Top goalscorerLeague: Leon Clarke (19)
All: Leon Clarke (19)

The season covered the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Contents

SquadEdit

No. Name Pos. Nat. Place of Birth Age Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee Contract End
Goalkeepers
1 Simon Moore GK   Sandown 27 55 0   Cardiff City 19 August 2016 Undisclosed 2019
27 Jamal Blackman GK   Croydon 23 24 0 Chelsea 27 July 2017 Loan 2018
31 Jake Eastwood GK   Sheffield 20 3 0 Youth Academy 1 July 2015 Trainee 2018
Defenders
2 George Baldock RB   Buckingham 26 24 1 Milton Keynes Dons 1 July 2017 Undisclosed 2020
3 Enda Stevens LB   Dublin 28 33 1 Portsmouth 1 July 2017 Free 2020
5 Jack O'Connell CB   Liverpool 23 81 6 Brentford 8 July 2016 Undisclosed 2022
13 Jake Wright CB   Keighley 31 49 0 Oxford United 9 July 2016 Free 2019
18 Kieron Freeman RB    Arnold 25 108 13 Derby County 23 January 2015 Free 2020
19 Richard Stearman CB   Wolverhampton 31 17 1 Fulham 6 July 2017 Undisclosed 2020
23 Ben Heneghan CB   Manchester 25 1 0 Motherwell 31 August 2017 Undisclosed 2020
24 Daniel Lafferty LB   Derry 28 45 4 Burnley 13 January 2017 Undisclosed 2019
Midfielders
4 John Fleck CM   Glasgow 25 79 6 Coventry City 11 July 2016 Free 2021
6 Chris Basham DM/CB   Hebburn 28 172 8 Blackpool 1 July 2014 Free 2019
7 John Lundstram CM   Liverpool 25 29 2 Oxford United 25 July 2017 Undisclosed 2020
14 Ryan Leonard CM/CB   Plympton 27 3 0 Southend United 9 January 2018 Undisclosed 2021
15 Paul Coutts CM   Aberdeen 28 120 5 Derby County 23 January 2015 Undisclosed 2019
20 Lee Evans CM   Newport 24 5 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 January 2018 £750,000 2021
21 Mark Duffy RM   Liverpool 31 73 8 Birmingham City 1 July 2016 Free 2018
26 Ricky Holmes LM   Rochford 32 2 0 Charlton Athletic Undisclosed 2020
36 David Brooks LW/AM    Warrington 21 26 3 Youth Academy 1 July 2015 Trainee 2021
44 Samir Carruthers CM    Islington 24 28 1 Milton Keynes Dons 3 January 2017 Undisclosed 2020
Forwards
9 Leon Clarke CF   Birmingham 32 24 Bury 27 July 2016 Undisclosed 2019
10 Billy Sharp CF   Sheffield 31 223 75 Leeds United 25 July 2015 Undisclosed 2019
11 Clayton Donaldson CF   Bradford 35 18 5 Birmingham City 31 August 2017 Nominal 2018
12 James Wilson CF   Biddulph 23 4 1 Manchester United 10 January 2018 Loan 2018
22 Caolan Lavery CF    Red Deer 24 36 5 Sheffield Wednesday 30 August 2016 Free 2019
32 Ched Evans CF   Rhyl 30 123 48 Chesterfield 1 July 2017 Undisclosed 2020
Out on Loan
8 Nathan Thomas LW   Ingleby Barwick 22 3 2 Hartlepool United 1 July 2017 Undisclosed 2020
17 James Hanson CF   Bradford 29 14 1 Bradford City 24 January 2017 Undisclosed 2020
George Long GK   Sheffield 23 123 0 Youth Academy 1 July 2011 Trainee 2018
Chris Hussey LB   London 28 11 0 Bury 1 July 2016 Undisclosed Undisclosed
James Wilson CB   Chepstow 28 10 1 Oldham Athletic 5 July 2016 Free 2018
Louis Reed CM   Barnsley 19 59 0 Youth Academy 1 July 2013 Trainee 2018
  • All appearances and goals up to date as of 10 February 2018.

StatisticsEdit

As of 6 May 2018
No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship League Cup FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Simon Moore 19 0 15+3 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
2 DF   George Baldock 38 1 30+4 1 1+0 0 3+0 0
3 DF   Enda Stevens 47 1 45+0 1 0+0 0 1+1 0
4 MF   John Fleck 43 2 40+0 2 0+1 0 1+1 0
5 DF   Jack O'Connell 48 0 46+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
6 DF   Chris Basham 51 2 45+1 2 0+2 0 2+1 0
7 MF   John Lundstram 39 3 20+15 3 2+0 0 2+0 0
9 FW   Leon Clarke 39 19 38+1 19 0+0 0 0+0 0
10 FW   Billy Sharp 37 14 28+6 13 0+1 0 2+0 1
11 FW   Clayton Donaldson 29 5 9+17 5 0+0 0 2+1 0
12 FW   James Wilson 9 1 4+4 1 0+0 0 1+0 0
13 DF   Jake Wright 22 0 13+4 0 2+0 0 3+0 0
14 MF   Ryan Leonard 13 0 6+7 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
15 MF   Paul Coutts 17 1 16+0 1 0+1 0 0+0 0
18 DF   Kieron Freeman 11 1 10+0 1 1+0 0 0+0 0
19 DF   Richard Stearman 30 2 28+0 2 0+0 0 2+0 0
20 MF   Lee Evans 19 2 18+1 2 0+0 0 0+0 0
21 MF   Mark Duffy 39 3 28+8 3 1+0 0 1+1 0
23 DF   Ben Heneghan 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
24 DF   Daniel Lafferty 13 1 1+7 0 2+0 1 3+0 0
26 MF   Ricky Holmes 5 0 1+4 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
27 GK   Jamal Blackman 33 0 31+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
31 GK   Jake Eastwood 3 0 0+1 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
32 FW   Ched Evans 13 0 2+7 0 1+1 0 0+2 0
33 DF   Jake Bennett 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
34 MF   Regan Slater 3 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
36 MF   David Brooks 33 3 9+21 3 2+0 0 0+1 0
44 MF   Samir Carruthers 16 1 4+9 1 1+0 0 2+0 0
Player(s) out on loan:
8 MF   Nathan Thomas 3 2 0+1 0 1+0 1 1+0 1
17 FW   James Hanson 2 0 0+1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
22 FW   Caolan Lavery 6 1 1+2 0 2+0 1 1+0 0
Player(s) who left the club:
16 DF   Cameron Carter-Vickers 18 1 17+0 1 0+0 0 1+0 0
30 DF   John Brayford 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0

GoalsEdit

As of 6 May 2018
Rank No. Nat. Po. Name Championship League Cup FA Cup Total
1 9   CF Leon Clarke 19 0 0 19
2 10   CF Billy Sharp 13 0 1 14
3 11   CF Clayton Donaldson 5 0 0 5
4 7   CM John Lundstram 3 0 0 3
21   AM Mark Duffy 3 0 0 3
36   AM David Brooks 3 0 0 3
7 4   CM John Fleck 2 0 0 2
6   DM Chris Basham 2 0 0 2
8   LW Nathan Thomas 0 1 1 2
19   CB Richard Stearman 2 0 0 2
20   CM Lee Evans 2 0 0 2
12 2   RB George Baldock 1 0 0 1
3   LB Enda Stevens 1 0 0 1
12   CF James Wilson 1 0 0 1
15   CM Paul Coutts 1 0 0 1
18   RB Kieron Freeman 1 0 0 1
22   CF Caolan Lavery 0 1 0 1
24   LB Daniel Lafferty 0 1 0 1
44   CM Samir Carruthers 1 0 0 1
  CB Cameron Carter-Vickers 1 0 0 1
Total 58 3 2 63

Disciplinary recordEdit

As of 6 May 2018
Rank No. Nat. Po. Name Championship League Cup FA Cup Total
                               
1 4   CM John Fleck 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 1
2 3   LB Enda Stevens 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0
3 6   DM Chris Basham 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 0
4 5   CB Jack O'Connell 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
15   CM Paul Coutts 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
20   CM Lee Evans 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
7 7   CM John Lundstram 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0
9   CF Leon Clarke 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
36   AM David Brooks 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
11 2   RB George Baldock 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
10   CF Billy Sharp 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
19   CB Richard Stearman 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
14 21   AM Mark Duffy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
15 11   CF Clayton Donaldson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
24   LB Daniel Lafferty 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
27   GK Jamal Blackman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
  CB Cameron Carter-Vickers 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
19 1   GK Simon Moore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12   CF James Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
13   CB Jake Wright 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Total 78 0 3 2 0 0 5 0 0 85 0 3

ContractsEdit

Date Position Nationality Name Status Contract Length Expiry Date Ref.
18 July 2017 CM   Chris Basham Signed 2 years June 2019 [1]
18 July 2017 CM   Paul Coutts Signed 2 years June 2019 [1]
18 July 2017 RB   Kieron Freeman Signed 3 years June 2020 [1]
18 July 2017 CF   Billy Sharp Signed 2 years June 2019 [1]
22 September 2017 CM   John Fleck Signed 4 years June 2021 [2]
15 November 2017 CB   Jack O'Connell Signed 4.5 years June 2022 [3]

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 RB   George Baldock   Milton Keynes Dons Undisclosed [4]
1 July 2017 CF   Ched Evans   Chesterfield Undisclosed [5]
1 July 2017 LB   Enda Stevens   Portsmouth Free [6]
1 July 2017 LW   Nathan Thomas   Hartlepool United Undisclosed [7]
6 July 2017 CB   Richard Stearman   Fulham Undisclosed [8]
25 July 2017 CM   John Lundstram   Oxford United Undisclosed [9]
31 August 2017 CF   Clayton Donaldson   Birmingham City Undisclosed [10]
31 August 2017 CB   Ben Heneghan   Motherwell Undisclosed [11]
9 January 2018 CM   Ryan Leonard   Southend United Undisclosed [12]
10 January 2018 CM   Lee Evans   Wolverhampton Wanderers £750,000 [13]
15 January 2018 LM   Ricky Holmes   Charlton Athletic Undisclosed [14]


Transfers outEdit

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 LB   Graham Kelly   Port Vale Free [15]
1 July 2017 CF   Marc McNulty   Coventry City Free [16][a]
1 July 2017 AM   Jay O'Shea   Bury Free [18][b]
1 July 2017 AM   Stefan Scougall   St Johnstone Free [16][c]
3 August 2017 LM   Matt Done   Rochdale Mutual consent [21][d]
16 August 2017 LB   Kieran Wallace Free agent Mutual consent [23]
31 August 2017 RB   John Brayford   Burton Albion Mutual consent [24][e]
11 January 2018 CM   Ben Whiteman   Doncaster Rovers Undisclosed [26]
  1. ^ Marc McNulty joined Coventry City following release from the club.[17]
  2. ^ Jay O'Shea joined Bury on a free transfer after rejecting a contract with Sheffield United.[19]
  3. ^ Stefan Scougall joined St Johnstone following release from the club.[20]
  4. ^ Matt Done joined Rochdale following his departure.[22]
  5. ^ John Brayford joined Burton Albion following his departure.[25]

Loans inEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name From End date Ref.
27 July 2017 GK   Jamal Blackman   Chelsea 30 June 2018 [27]
25 August 2017 CB   Cameron Carter-Vickers   Tottenham Hotspur 30 June 2018 [28]
10 January 2018 CF   James Wilson   Manchester United 30 June 2018 [13]

Loans outEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name To End date Ref.
1 July 2017 AM   Benjamin Whiteman   Doncaster Rovers January 2018 [29]
4 July 2017 GK   George Long   AFC Wimbledon 30 June 2018 [30]
7 July 2017 LB   Chris Hussey   Swindon Town 30 June 2018 [31]
11 July 2017 CM   Louis Reed   Chesterfield 30 June 2018 [32]
17 July 2017 CB   James Wilson   Walsall 30 June 2018 [33]
26 October 2017 FW   Jordan Hallam   Southport 23 November 2017 [34]
3 January 2018 CF   James Hanson   Bury 30 June 2018 [35]

Pre-seasonEdit

FriendliesEdit

As of 16 June 2017, Sheffield United have six pre-season friendlies against Stoke City,[36] Stocksbridge Park Steels, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, Eastleigh[37] and Málaga.[38]

CompetitionsEdit

EFL ChampionshipEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
8 Millwall 46 19 15 12 56 45 +11 72
9 Brentford 46 18 15 13 62 52 +10 69
10 Sheffield United 46 20 9 17 62 55 +7 69
11 Bristol City 46 17 16 13 67 58 +9 67
12 Ipswich Town 46 17 9 20 57 60 −3 60
Source: English Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Result summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
44 19 9 16 59 52  +7 66 12 5 5 33 19  +14 7 4 11 26 33  −7

Last updated: 28 April 2018.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAAHHAAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHAHHAAAAHHAHAHHAHA
ResultWLLWWWWLWWLWWWLWWLDLLLDWLDDWLLWWLWLDWDDDLWDLLW
Position8121710553642333132233446766766788776997999999111110
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2018. Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

On 21 June 2017, the EFL Championship league fixtures were announced.[39][40]

FA CupEdit

In the FA Cup, Sheffield United entered the competition in the third round and were drawn away to Ipswich Town.[41]

EFL CupEdit

On 16 June 2017, Sheffield United were drawn at home to Walsall in the first round.[42] A home tie was to follow in the second round, with Leicester City the visitors.[43]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Sheffield United: Sharp, Coutts, Basham & Freeman sign new contracts after promotion". BBC Sport. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ "John Fleck: Sheffield United midfielder signs new four-year contract". BBC Sport. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Jack O'Connell: Sheffield United defender signs contract extension". BBC Sport. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ "George Baldock: Sheffield United sign MK Dons defender for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Ched returns to the Blades". Sheffield United Official Site. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Stevens joins the Blades". Sheffield United Official Site. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Thomas signs". Sheffield United Official Site. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
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  13. ^ a b "Lee Evans and James Wilson: Sheffield United sign midfielder and striker". BBC Sport. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Ricky Holmes: Sheffield United sign midfielder from Charlton for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
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  20. ^ "Scougall signs for Saints!". perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Done leaves". Sheffield United Official Site. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  22. ^ "Matt Done: Rochdale re-sign former winger on a free transfer from Sheffield United". BBC. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
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  32. ^ "Reed loaned". Sheffield United Official Site. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Defender loaned". Sheffield United Official Site. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  34. ^ "Hallam joins Southport". Sheffield United Official Site. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
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  42. ^ "Home draw in Carabao Cup". Sheffield United Official Site. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
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