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Chris Wilder praises Sheffield United’s big names for living up to billing at Luton Town

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In a crucial 3-1 victory at Kenilworth Road, three of the summer’s key signings made significant contributions for the Blades, providing a much-needed morale boost for the club. This win, following a heavy defeat to Aston Villa, helped level them on points with Burnley in the Premier League standings.

Vinicius Souza, the Blades’ most expensive signing in the initial phase of the transfer window, stood out as the team’s top performer, contributing a goal and an assist. Despite conceding a penalty, which was largely due to an unfortunate handball incident, Souza showcased his quality on the pitch.

Alongside him, Gustavo Hamer played a pivotal role until he suffered a dead leg injury. Both Hamer and Cameron Archer, acquired for £18 million, represented ambitious signings funded by the sales of Sander Berge and Iliman Ndiaye.

Manager Wilder emphasized the importance of big signings like Souza and Hamer, stating that they need to consistently deliver on the pitch. He conveyed a message to Hamer regarding his omission from the previous week’s lineup, emphasizing the need for key players to step up and lead the team.

Wilder expects these signings to serve as leaders and consistent performers, setting the standard for the rest of the team to follow.

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Gustavo Hamer’s performance was particularly notable as he responded positively to being dropped by Sheffield United in the previous week. Despite their woeful goal difference, which keeps them at the bottom of the division with 14 matches left, the victory was crucial for the team’s morale and confidence.

Manager Wilder emphasized the importance of enjoying the win but also maintained a realistic perspective, acknowledging that there is still much work to be done. He cautioned against complacency and urged the team not to get carried away, emphasizing the need to remain focused and continue striving for improvement.

Unfortunately, the victory was tempered by an injury to Rhys Norrington-Davies, who was forced off the field within five minutes due to another hamstring injury. This setback occurred just six weeks after his return from a previous hamstring injury that had sidelined him for over a year. The silver lining was that this injury affected the opposite hamstring, offering some relief amid the disappointment.

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