Is this finally the season for the Blades?
Hopefully this time it is Sheffield United’s year. With a range of new signings, cracking youngsters and a below par league, there is no reason why not.
John Cofie, Nick Blackman, Darryl Westlake, Tony McMahon, Matt Hill and Shaun Miller have all been added to the ranks with a mix of youth and experience already in the team with have a very good chance of returning to where we belong.
But even with six new signings coming in our best bit of business this summer was renewing the contract of Kevin McDonald who was instrumental in our 3rd place finish last season. The former Burnley man was a vital player last season with his pin-point passing and amazing football brain which makes him unmissable. When he plays well, we play well.
Our first summer arrival was Premier League wonderkid John Cofie who signed on a loan deal from Manchester United. He has joined until January when his loan move will be reviewed by Sir Alex and then he will make a decision if he can stay for the remainder of the season. Cofie brings with him blistering pace and an eye for goal.
The second summer recruitment was Darryl Westlake from Walsall who was signed just days after we sold Matty Lowton to Aston Villa. Westlake looks like a suitable replacement for Lowson and he bring an attacking side to our game just like Matt did.
When we returned from Malta we made a treble signing in Shaun Miller, Matt Hill and Tony McMahon. Miller has joined from Crewe for a fee around 65k and he possesses decent pace which is what we lacked last season in the rest of our strikers. McMahon joins on a free from Middlesbrough; he’s a naturally gifted player who has already proven his attacking intent after a scorcher on his debut against Morecombe in pre-season. Most ‘Boro fans will be sad to see him go as he is at least Championship quality. Matt Hill is a familiar face at Bramall Lane after he enjoyed a successful loan spell last season and to me he shone in the last three games in the run and personally I’m happy to see him back at the lane
The last of our summer purchases so far is Nick Blackman from Blackburn who joins with an undisclosed fee. He, just like, Cofie has blistering pace and made the perfect start with a debut goal on Saturday during out Capital one Cup exit to Burton. With both Cofie and Porter injury doubts for Saturday’s season opener against Shrewbury, Blackman will be raring to open his account in the league.
The signings this summer are proving we mean business this coming season and if we can keep hold of key players like Quinn, Maguire and Doyle we can once again push for the long awaited promotion back to the Championship.
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