The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

SHEFFIELD United are start­ing to jus­tify their tag as pre-sea­son pro­mo­tion favourites.

Af­ter years of closes haves and un­der­achieve­ments, Nigel Ad­kins looks to have brought the for­mula back to Bra­mall Lane. The Blades have bounced back from their open­ing day an­ni­hi­la­tion at Gilling­ham but the form has picked up as his sum­mer sign­ings have gelled. Billy Sharp in par­tic­u­lar is start­ing to show the goal-scor­ing prow­ess he showed by help­ing Ad­kins’ Southamp­ton’s side to the Premier League in 2012.

Swin­don started the sea­son strongly but maybe they are start­ing to feel the strain of los­ing a num­ber of play­ers and now face a dead­line day fight to keep key for­ward Nathan Byrne away from the Cham­pi­onship.

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