Striker: Blades are fearless
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Colin Kazim-Richards says Sheffield United have never thought about relegation.
Sheffield United's players have never even contemplated relegation, according to striker Colin Kazim-Richards.
The Blades were widely tipped for a swift return to the Championship after winning promotion last season, but have defied their critics by taking 24 points from their first 23 games.
Neil Warnock's side currently enjoy a five-point cushion over the relegation zone, and Kazim-Richards insists that confidence is, and always has been, sky-high at Bramall Lane.
"We are doing well - we just need to get some more points at home," said Kazim-Richards.
"The main thing is the players all believe we can stay up. Since I have been here that is how it has always been.
"We have never looked back and never thought about going down. The Premier League is now starting to see that."
Warnock is working hard to strengthen his squad in order to further reduce the threat of relegation, with Jon Stead, Matthew Kilgallon, Mamadou Seck and Luton Shelton all signed in January.
The signing of Shelton is a direct challenge to Kazim-Richards' own first team prospects, but the former Brighton man is welcoming the competition at Bramall Lane.
"Even though Sheffield United have come up they do have money to spend," Kazim-Richards continued.
"They have brought in some players and so we have to keep fighting for our places in the team.
"Competition for places is hard and that is how the manager likes it. If a new signing starts scoring straight away then it puts pressure on everyone else and this is a big opportunity for them coming in."