Sheffield United must sign Wes Hoolahan on a free after sealing Washington move

Sheffield United announced on Friday that they had completed a deal to sign Conor Washington after he was released from his contract with Queens Park Rangers, and Blades boss Chris Wilder must follow it up by bringing in another player for nothing in the form of free agent Wes Hoolahan.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Yorkshire club have enjoyed a decent summer in the transfer market despite the initial disappointment of losing David Brooks to Bournemouth, but it was well known that Wilder wanted another striker to provide competition for new boy David McGoldrick, Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp up top.

Now he has that in Washington, he can look at other areas of his team that may also need bolstering, and that could include some creative cover both in the middle of the park and out wide.

Hoolahan has been a free agent after he was released by Norwich City following the expiry of his contract this summer, with no team yet taking a punt on the 36-year-old.

Why should Wilder sign Wes?

He may be in the latter stages of his career, but the former Republic of Ireland international has shown the quality he has both on and off the ball in recent years, even if his legs may not be able to keep up with what he wants to do at times.

Nevertheless, just before his time with the Canaries came to an end he starred in their 2-1 victory against Leeds United at Carrow Road in April, scoring one and assisting the other while captaining the team.

Hoolahan likely wouldn’t be a starter at Bramall Lane, but the quality and experience he can bring from the substitutes’ bench when the Blades are in need of a bit of a spark means signing him on a short-term deal should be a no-brainer.