By Mark Smith

3rd Apr, 2021 | 10:05am

David Prutton predicts 'terrifically hard' battle for Leeds v Sheffield United

David Prutton has backed Sheffield United to make it “terrifically hard” for Leeds United in their Premier League clash on Saturday.

The Whites welcome their Yorkshire neighbours to Elland Road with the Blades sitting rock bottom and destined for the Championship next season.

Marcelo Bielsa will also welcome back Paul Heckingbottom, the man he replaced, with Prutton claiming that it will be an all-out war on the pitch.

Writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post column, Prutton believes that Bielsa’s men will need to be as clinical as ever in front of goal.

“I don’t think for one second that it will be routinely straightforward for Leeds today,” he said. “I have seen Sheffield United a fair few times this season and they have been ineffective and inept.

“I expect Leeds to have a lot of the ball and they have got to be clinical and ruthless when it comes to the chances that could possibly be created.

“I’d like to think there are enough players in that Sheffield United side that give enough of a damn about how it comes across to think ultimately the war is lost but this next battle is going to be terrifically hard for Leeds and we are going to show them what we are made of.”

Doing the double.

We have to be honest, Sheffield United may work hard than most in the Premier League, but they are seriously lacking quality, and now that Chris Wilder has left, they don’t have much in their favour.

Heckingbottom was never going to succeed at Leeds in the Championship, so throwing him in at the deep end at Bramall Lane is simply damage limitation.

His Sheffield United side are riddled with injuries too, with the likes of John Egan, Chris Basham, Sander Berge and Billy Sharp all ruled out at Elland Road.

Pundits are starting to compare these two sides and predicting a similar fate for Leeds next season, a crushing victory today would prove that there is a big gulf in class between both.

It’s time to show we shouldn’t be compared to anyone.

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