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Sheffield United targeting potential John Egan successor

Sheffield United favoured more recognised names to English football in the summer by bringing in players like Oliver McBurnie and Lys Mousset.

And it appears as though the same approach may be taken in January with the Blades in the market for Ipswich defender Luke Woolfenden according to The Sun.

What’s the word?

With the Blades preferring a three-man backline, Chris Wilder looks keen to strengthen his options and bolster his ranks in the defensive third of the pitch.

A potential £10m double swoop could happen this month with The Sun suggesting a raid for Woolfenden and Anderlecht central defender Ellias Cobbaut is on the cards.

A move for the former could cost £3m according to the report, a mere snip in today’s market.

The Ipswich centre-back only signed a new deal 11 months ago but after making his first-team breakthrough with the Tractor Boys, he’s immediately attracted Premier League interest.

Egan successor?

Wilder’s men may lack defensive depth but if John Egan departs Bramall Lane this month, they’ll be even shorter at the back.

The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with a move to Everton (The Sun on Sunday, 17/11, pg 67) and if that does eventually happen, a deal for Woolfenden would go a long way to softening the blow.

Egan has been imperative for the Blades in 2019/20, playing 21 times and winning 3.8 aerial duels per match in the process.

Standing at 6 foot 1, he is a tall presence and that enables him to reign supreme in the air as the middle defender, sweeping up loose balls with 1.6 interceptions too.

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Although Woolfenden has been playing in League One, he’s actually even better in the air and standing at a colossal height of 6 foot 4, it’s hardly surprising.

Throughout the current campaign he’s been victorious from 4.3 aerial duels per game. In terms of interceptions, his reading of the play is also a strong suit, performing 2.4 each outing on average.

At just 21 years of age, the Ipswich man would be a signing for the future but given his abilities, he’d certainly be an able player in the middle of a three-man defence.

In an article by the Star, it details the following: “Crucially, despite usually being deployed in a central role, Woolfenden can also operate as a full-back; meaning he appears well-suited to the challenges of United’s 3-5-2 system.”

With that in mind, he’d be perfect for the Blades and if Egan does indeed walk through the exit door, they’d have the ideal successor in their ranks.

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