Sheffield United tell £10m signing Lys Mousset he must ‘lose weight’ to play for them

Lys Mousset joined the Blades in 2019 as the then-club record signing but two-and-a-half years later he is still yet to complete 90 minutes for them amid injury and fitness issues

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  • 15:27, 14 Jan 2022
  • Updated16:22, 14 Jan 2022
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Sheffield United centre-forward Lys Mousset has been given a blunt message by his employers – lose weight if you want to play.

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The Blades' striker has barely featured this season for the Championship side due to a combination of injuries and testing positive for Covid-19.

The Frenchman arrived at United back in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £10million from Bournemouth – at the time a club record.

But despite joining the club two-and-a-half years ago, amazingly Mousset has yet to play a full 90 minutes for United.

His fitness and stamina have been a constant concern and this season he's played just seven times this season.

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Lys Mousset has been at Sheffield United since 2019 but has still not completed 90 minutes for the club

Last year a number of off-field issues as well as injuries restricted him to just 13 appearances as United feebly exited the Premier League after two seasons.

Earlier this week the 25-year-old released a video on social media of himself going through a number of personal fitness drills away from the club.

And despite admitting Mousset is working hard, Blades' manager Paul Heckingbottom says the player is acutely aware he needs to get trimmer to be in contention.

Heckingbottom said: "He was back into the training ground on Thursday. He’s working hard.

"He was doing that, then he got Covid-19. There’s steps you need to take, to see how players are reacting.

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"He has got to up it. He still has to do more and more, he's aware of this, he's aware that he needs to get fitter and aware that he needs to lose weight.

"He's working really hard to do that."

Last season saw Mousset handed a £50,000 fine and given a six-month driving ban after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop.

He lost control of his Lamborghini and hitting two parked cars in an incident in January last year.

Former United boss Chris Wilder, who signed Mousset, last year spoke of the issues the club had with regards getting Mousset into a regular routine – comments his successor is now echoing.

Wilder said: "From our point of view, it's about getting to the bottom of his issues.

Mousset joined United from Bournemouth for a fee of £10million

"And really, there has to be a big push by the player now to participate and to add something that we know he's got.

"He understands our feelings on him. There's certain things he controls and he has to make a contribution in the second half of the season.

"I want it to happen but he's got to make it happen and want it to happen.

"And fingers crossed he can do."

Mousset's contract at Bramall Lane expires at the end of the current season but United do hold the option to extend it by a further year should they decide to activate the clause.

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