Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder signed the fourth striker he wanted to compete for a first-team spot when he brought in Conor Washington following his release by Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers, and he now has to find his preferred strike partnership in his preferred 3-4-1-2 formation.
The former Peterborough United man comes into a frontline already containing Leon Clarke, Billy Sharp and fellow new boy David McGoldrick, with Caolan Lavery looking to be a fifth-choice option after he failed to secure a loan move away.
While Sharp and Clarke have impressed for the Blades over the course of the last couple of season, some competition for them – especially given they are 32 and 33 respectively – was much-needed if the Yorkshire club are to be involved in the promotion race this term.
Sharp and McGoldrick certainly strengthened their claim to remain in the starting XI as the two players up top following their displays in the 4-1 win against Aston Villa at Bramall Lane at the weekend, with the former netting the fourth goal.
That said, the latter has only one goal and no assists in six league appearances so far this season, to suggest that perhaps Clarke or Washington deserve an opportunity alongside the in-form Sharp.
Washington may bring a new dimension to the United attack, but with 32 Championship goals between them last season it is Sharp and Clarke who have proven they are deadly together, and they deserve to be Wilder’s first-choice partnership as things stand.
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