2017–18 Sheffield United F.C. season

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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 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.

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

Squad[edit]

No. Name Pos. Nat. Place of Birth Age Apps Goals Signed from Date signed Fee Contract End
Goalkeepers
1 Simon Moore GK England Sandown 27 55 0 Wales Cardiff City 19 August 2016 £493,000 2019
27 Jamal Blackman GK England Croydon 23 24 0 Chelsea 27 July 2017 Loan 2018
31 Jake Eastwood GK England Sheffield 20 3 0 Youth Academy 1 July 2015 Trainee 2018
Defenders
2 George Baldock RB England Buckingham 26 24 1 Milton Keynes Dons 1 July 2017 £650,000 2020
3 Enda Stevens LB Republic of Ireland Dublin 28 33 1 Portsmouth 1 July 2017 Free 2020
5 Jack O'Connell CB England Liverpool 23 81 6 Brentford 8 July 2016 Undisclosed 2022
13 Jake Wright CB England Keighley 31 49 0 Oxford United 9 July 2016 Free 2019
18 Kieron Freeman RB WalesEngland Arnold 25 108 13 Derby County 23 January 2015 Free 2020
19 Richard Stearman CB England Wolverhampton 31 17 1 Fulham 6 July 2017 £961,000 2020
23 Ben Heneghan CB England Manchester 25 1 0 Motherwell 31 August 2017 Undisclosed 2020
24 Daniel Lafferty LB Northern Ireland Derry 28 45 4 Burnley 13 January 2017 Undisclosed 2019
Midfielders
4 John Fleck CM Scotland Glasgow 25 79 6 Coventry City 11 July 2016 Free 2021
6 Chris Basham DM/CB England Hebburn 28 172 8 Blackpool 1 July 2014 Free 2019
7 John Lundstram CM England Liverpool 25 29 2 Oxford United 25 July 2017 £476,000 2020
14 Ryan Leonard CM/CB England Plympton 26 3 0 Southend United 9 January 2018 £700,000 2021
15 Paul Coutts CM Scotland Aberdeen 28 120 5 Derby County 23 January 2015 Undisclosed 2019
20 Lee Evans CM Wales Newport 24 5 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 January 2018 £750,000 2021
21 Mark Duffy RM England Liverpool 31 73 8 Birmingham City 1 July 2016 Free 2018
26 Ricky Holmes LM England Rochford 31 2 0 Charlton Athletic Undisclosed 2020
36 David Brooks LW/AM WalesEngland Warrington 21 26 3 Youth Academy 1 July 2015 Trainee 2021
44 Samir Carruthers CM Republic of IrelandEngland Islington 24 28 1 Milton Keynes Dons 3 January 2017 £250,000 2020
Forwards
9 Leon Clarke CF England Birmingham 32 24 Bury 27 July 2016 Undisclosed 2019
10 Billy Sharp CF England Sheffield 31 223 75 Leeds United 25 July 2015 £599,000 2019
11 Clayton Donaldson CF Jamaica Bradford 35 18 5 Birmingham City 31 August 2017 Nominal 2018
12 James Wilson CF England Biddulph 23 4 1 Manchester United 10 January 2018 Loan 2018
22 Caolan Lavery CF Northern IrelandCanada Red Deer 24 36 5 Sheffield Wednesday 30 August 2016 Free 2019
32 Ched Evans CF Wales Rhyl 30 123 48 Chesterfield 1 July 2017 £500,000 2020
Out on Loan
8 Nathan Thomas LW England Ingleby Barwick 22 3 2 Hartlepool United 1 July 2017 £298,000 2020
17 James Hanson CF England Bradford 29 14 1 Bradford City 24 January 2017 £149,000 2020
George Long GK England Sheffield 23 123 0 Youth Academy 1 July 2011 Trainee 2018
Chris Hussey LB England London 28 11 0 Bury 1 July 2016 Undisclosed Undisclosed
James Wilson CB Wales Chepstow 28 10 1 Oldham Athletic 5 July 2016 Free 2018
Louis Reed CM England Barnsley 19 59 0 Youth Academy 1 July 2013 Trainee 2018
  • All appearances and goals up to date as of 10 February 2018.

Statistics[edit]

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 England Simon Moore 19 0 15+3 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
2 DF England George Baldock 38 1 30+4 1 1+0 0 3+0 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens 47 1 45+0 1 0+0 0 1+1 0
4 MF Scotland John Fleck 43 2 40+0 2 0+1 0 1+1 0
5 DF England Jack O'Connell 48 0 46+0 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
6 DF England Chris Basham 51 2 45+1 2 0+2 0 2+1 0
7 MF England John Lundstram 39 3 20+15 3 2+0 0 2+0 0
9 FW England Leon Clarke 39 19 38+1 19 0+0 0 0+0 0
10 FW England Billy Sharp 37 14 28+6 13 0+1 0 2+0 1
11 FW Jamaica Clayton Donaldson 29 5 9+17 5 0+0 0 2+1 0
12 FW England James Wilson 9 1 4+4 1 0+0 0 1+0 0
13 DF England Jake Wright 22 0 13+4 0 2+0 0 3+0 0
14 MF England Ryan Leonard 13 0 6+7 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
15 MF Scotland Paul Coutts 17 1 16+0 1 0+1 0 0+0 0
18 DF Wales Kieron Freeman 11 1 10+0 1 1+0 0 0+0 0
19 DF England Richard Stearman 30 2 28+0 2 0+0 0 2+0 0
20 MF Wales Lee Evans 19 2 18+1 2 0+0 0 0+0 0
21 MF England Mark Duffy 39 3 28+8 3 1+0 0 1+1 0
23 DF England Ben Heneghan 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
24 DF Northern Ireland Daniel Lafferty 13 1 1+7 0 2+0 1 3+0 0
26 MF England Ricky Holmes 5 0 1+4 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
27 GK England Jamal Blackman 33 0 31+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
31 GK England Jake Eastwood 3 0 0+1 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
32 FW Wales Ched Evans 13 0 2+7 0 1+1 0 0+2 0
33 DF England Jake Bennett 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
34 MF England Regan Slater 3 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+1 0
36 MF Wales David Brooks 33 3 9+21 3 2+0 0 0+1 0
44 MF Republic of Ireland Samir Carruthers 16 1 4+9 1 1+0 0 2+0 0
Player(s) out on loan:
8 MF England Nathan Thomas 3 2 0+1 0 1+0 1 1+0 1
17 FW England James Hanson 2 0 0+1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
22 FW Northern Ireland Caolan Lavery 6 1 1+2 0 2+0 1 1+0 0
Player(s) who left the club:
16 DF United States Cameron Carter-Vickers 18 1 17+0 1 0+0 0 1+0 0
30 DF England John Brayford 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0

Goals[edit]

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

Disciplinary record[edit]

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

Contracts[edit]

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

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 RB England George Baldock England Milton Keynes Dons £650,000 [4]
1 July 2017 CF Wales Ched Evans England Chesterfield £500,000 [5]
1 July 2017 LB Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens England Portsmouth Free [6]
1 July 2017 LW England Nathan Thomas England Hartlepool United £290,000 [7]
6 July 2017 CB England Richard Stearman England Fulham £961,000 [8]
25 July 2017 CM England John Lundstram England Oxford United £476,000 [9]
31 August 2017 CF Jamaica Clayton Donaldson England Birmingham City Undisclosed [10]
31 August 2017 CB England Ben Heneghan Scotland Motherwell Undisclosed [11]
9 January 2018 CM England Ryan Leonard England Southend United £700,000 [12]
10 January 2018 CM Wales Lee Evans England Wolverhampton Wanderers £750,000 [13]
15 January 2018 LM England Ricky Holmes England Charlton Athletic Undisclosed [14]

Total Expenditure Decrease: £4,327,000

Transfers out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 LB Republic of Ireland Graham Kelly England Port Vale Free [15]
1 July 2017 CF Scotland Marc McNulty England Coventry City Free [16][a]
1 July 2017 AM Republic of Ireland Jay O'Shea England Bury Free [18][b]
1 July 2017 AM Scotland Stefan Scougall Scotland St Johnstone Free [16][c]
3 August 2017 LM England Matt Done England Rochdale Mutual consent [21][d]
16 August 2017 LB England Kieran Wallace Free agent Mutual consent [23]
31 August 2017 RB England John Brayford England Burton Albion Mutual consent [24][e]
11 January 2018 CM England Ben Whiteman England 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 in[edit]

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

Loans out[edit]

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

Pre-season[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

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]

Competitions[edit]

EFL Championship[edit]

League table[edit]

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 summary[edit]

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 matchday[edit]

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

Matches[edit]

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

FA Cup[edit]

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

EFL Cup[edit]

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]

References[edit]

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