Stefan Scougall, the Sheffield United midfielder, has predicted Nigel Clough’s side will gather momentum during the second-half of the season following a summer of frantic transfer activity at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
Nearly 10 new players arrived at Bramall Lane during the close season as Clough, the former England international, overhauled the options at his disposal after their seventh placed finish last term.
Scougall, a veteran of United’s march into the semi-finals of the FA Cup earlier this year, told The Star: “I think we’ll get better and better as the weeks go by. We haven’t been firing on all cylinders yet but there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll grow stronger as a unit and build up a head of steam pretty soon.
“It always takes time for a new group of players to gel. People can pretend that it doesn’t or that things happen overnight but that’s never the case in football.
“We’re getting to know each other as players and people. The longer we stick together, well, I’m looking to forward to what the future could hold.”
United enter tomorrow’s game against Crewe Alexandra in sixth after beating Yeovil Town three days ago. Clough, who labelled their most recent performance as “encouraging”, echoed the Scotland under-21 international’s sentiments during the build-up to the meeting with Steve Davis’ side.
Alexandra, who lost 12 of their opening 14 games, are 22nd after overcoming Peterborough.
Scougall said: “It’s the tiny little things that make a huge difference. Like, for example, knowing instinctively whether a player is right or left-footed when you pick a pass or understanding, through working with them day in and day out, exactly where they like to receive the ball.
“They don’t sound that important but, in match situations, those split seconds can make all the difference and that’s what’s happening behind the scenes. We’re learning about each other and getting a better understanding all the time.”