Sheffield United picked up their second Championship victory of the season as Billy Sharp scored a last-gasp winner in their 2-1 win against Norwich City at Bramall Lane on Saturday, and now they must consider making a cheeky loan bid for Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf.
Well, while the Blades have won two league games on the bounce having lost their opening two, as well as seeing plenty of success in the transfer market in terms of incomings, they still look to need more quality in attack if they are to be involved in the promotion race this term.
Chris Wilder went with old boys Sharp and Leon Clarke against the Canaries at the weekend with summer buy David McGoldrick on the substitutes’ bench, and while Sharp did get on the score-sheet it seems obvious that the Yorkshire outfit need another option in attack given both he and Clarke are getting no younger and McGoldrick hasn’t been overly prolific in recent seasons.
Meanwhile, despite dropping down into the Championship Diouf has found first-team minutes hard to come by with the Potters as they look to secure an instant return to the top flight.
It seems that the former Manchester United man is not in Gary Rowett’s plans given he has only played 31 minutes of their Championship campaign thus far, with the likes of Benik Afobe, Saido Berahino and Peter Crouch all looking to be ahead of the 30-year-old in the pecking order.
While he hasn’t been really successful during his time at the Britannia Stadium with 24 goals in 134 matches – albeit with many of those coming in the Premier League – a new start and fresh environment could be just what he needs to rediscover some form and confidence in front of goal.
While Gary Rowett will probably be hoping to offload him to a European club for a decent fee, if that proves to be impossible then their Championship rivals should definitely launch a move to bring him to Bramall Lane on loan – even if it is just until January – to boost their own promotion bid, given he can be what they expected McGoldrick to be when they signed him from Ipswich.