MX23RW : Thursday, October 24 02:03:29| >> :600:2900542:2900542:
Sep 21, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Attendance: 39,354
Everton
0-2
Sheff UtdSheffield United
FT(HT: 0-1)
Mina (40' og.), Mousset (79')

Phil Jagielka unsurprised by Sheffield United's solid start

Phil Jagielka unsurprised by Sheffield United's solid start
© Reuters
Sheffield United have claimed five points from their first five matches.

Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka has not been surprised by the club's encouraging start in the Premier League this season.

The Blades head to Jagielka's former club Everton on Saturday after winning one and drawing two of their first five games and the former England centre-half is convinced Chris Wilder's side can hold their own following promotion.

"When I first came in, the first few training sessions, I could see how good the squad was and how together it was," said Jagielka, who spent 12 years in the top flight with the Toffees before returning to Bramall Lane in the summer.

"I was able to spend four or five days in Portugal and we had a few good sessions out there and obviously had a good game out there and it made me realise we do stand a good chance."

Jagielka won promotion to the Premier League with the Blades under Neil Warnock in 2006 before sealing a £4million move to Everton after relegation the following season.

He went on to captain the Merseyside club, making over 350 appearances in all competitions, and won 40 caps for England between 2008 and 2016.

"Because we've not got massive household names who have played a lot of Premier League football and we didn't spend a tremendous amount of money in the summer, people have knocked us," he said.

"But in among the squad and the staff the belief has always been there and I think, when you've done what these lads have done over the last few years, you can't do that without great determination and self-belief."

Wilder guided the Blades from the bottom end of Sky Bet League One to the Premier League in three years and Jagielka feels they are still on an upward curve.

"It's too easy to lose confidence in this division because you do play against some fantastic players week in, week out," he said.

"But as it stands, as you can tell from the previous couple of years, the momentum is still there and that's key for us at the moment."

Jagielka is having to bide his time to force his way into Wilder's starting line-up but will relish his return to Goodison Park.

"I've been very lucky to play for two amazing clubs," he added. "Obviously 12 years at Everton and coming back here to sort of finish the cycle.

"I wasn't sure if I'd made my last visit to Goodison as a player. Obviously this time it will be in the away dugout, but I'm hoping it will be a very special weekend."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Phil Jagielka

Click here for more stories about Everton

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Mohamed Salah in action for Liverpool on September 17, 2019
Read Next:
News Extra: Higuain kicks out, "Phenomenal" Liverpool, Motherwell teen in demand
>

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal94321312115
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd933387112
10Bournemouth93331313012
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
12Aston Villa93241513211
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
15Everton9315813-510
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
19Norwich CityNorwich92161021-117
20Watford9045521-164

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!