By Paddy Kenny

18th Dec, 2021 | 11:42am

Kenny 'loves to hear' news out of Sheffield United this week

Paddy Kenny insists it can only be good news for Sheffield United if Paul Heckingbottom is copying Chris Wilder’s blueprint.

The former Blades stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to recent comments from Oliver Norwood.

As quoted by Yorkshire Live (16 December), Norwood claims Heckingbottom’s training reminds him of working with former boss Chris Wilder.

The Blades have drawn one and won two of their three games since Heckingbottom was named as Slavisa Jokanovic’s replacement.

Kenny insists there is no problem with Heckingbottom trying to recreate WIlder’s successful blueprint to Premier League promotion.

“We have seen that improvement since Heckingbottom was appointed,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“I’m sure the lads were gutted to see the game against QPR called off, they will have wanted to keep going and keep that momentum going.

“It sounds like the new blueprint is to copy Wilder and you love to hear that.

“That is what worked for them in the past so there is no reason to not do it now.

“We have already seen the results and if Wilder’s presence is still felt by that squad it can only be good news for Sheffield United.

“I’ve been looking at the table and we could have been up to eighth or something with a win.

“Everyone still thinks it’s been a rubbish season. As daft as it sounds, we aren’t far off if we just continue this form.”

The Blades are set to face Fulham on Monday night (20 December).

Their last game against QPR, set for 14 December, was postponed due to Covid.

In other news, pundit ‘sure’ Heckingbottom has been given transfer ‘guarantee’ by Sheffield United ahead of January.