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Sheffield United target Emmanuel Dennis a dribbling menace

The January transfer window closed a matter of weeks ago but plans are already underway for the summer arrivals to walk through the door when the time comes.

That is no different for Sheffield United. CEO Stephen Bettis claimed last week that plans were already in mind for what they wanted to do during the summer months and one name has already been touted.

That is striker Emmanuel Dennis of Club Brugge. Belgian publication HLN claimed he was on a number of wish lists around Europe, including the Blades and Borussia Dortmund.

Valued at €25m (£20.8m), he’d be a hefty investment for a club the size of Sheffield United.

But what could he bring to Bramall Lane if he put pen to paper?

On the chalkboard

There aren’t a huge number of in-depth stats to assess Dennis’ time in Belgium, although he has registered five goals in 14 starts this term in league action alone.

However, it’s in the Champions League where the striker really comes alive and demonstrates his wonderful ability with the ball at his feet.

He scored twice against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu earlier this season, showing the enormous quality and potential he has.

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The challenge is to now produce that on a consistent basis, especially if your value stands at over £20m. Based on the Nigerian’s dribbling though, it’s evident why he could command that fee. He’s an exciting player and has the ability to turn the pace of a match in an instant.

A menace

Throughout six Champions League group games, he performed 2.7 dribbles per game, via WhoScored. Add on the three qualifying matches he played in and that figure rises to 3.3 according to Football Critic.

It’s a colossal figure and one that eclipses every single player in the current Sheffield United squad.

The players Wilder has at his disposal aren’t the best dribblers with Enda Stevens currently on top with 1.9 per Premier League game. The next best are Sander Berge and John Fleck with 1.5 and 1.4 per match respectively.

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Dennis’ sample size of matches may be smaller but you only need to look at the quality of teams he was doing it against to realise how mesmeric he can be.

Against PSG, the 22-year-old managed seven dribbles in two matches. Against Madrid, meanwhile, that figure was five.

He’s a big-game player and that would certainly suit an ambitious United side if he joins.

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