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Sheffield United target Josh Brownhill can trump Fleck and Norwood

Chris Wilder stated this week that Sheffield United were close to bringing another player through the doors before transfer deadline day next week.

The club have already brought in Jack Rodwell and Jack Robinson to bolster their defensive line but it remains to be seen who could be about to enter the building.

The high flying Blades have been a revelation since being promoted and heading into this weekend’s action, they sit in eighth place having conceded just 23 goals in the Premier League.

But one man who could help establish them further is Josh Brownhill.

The Bristol City midfielder has a release clause of £7m in his contract and it’s thought that Wilder’s men are interested in acquiring him.

It won’t be a straightforward chase, however, with Burnley and Leicester also keeping a close eye on the 24-year-old’s situation.

The Blades have turned to the Championship on a regular basis since coming up with Robinson’s signature the latest example of that. Oliver McBurnie and Luke Freeman were two further examples from last summer.

Bearing in mind their league position, it’s a strategy that’s worked well and they could be onto something with Brownhill, especially given the potential fee.

But if he did arrive, he has the potential to offer Sheffield United something completely different in the middle of the park – the ability to win aerial battles.

As can be seen from graphic above, the Robins midfielder is very strong when it comes to winning headers, an aspect that is not only lacking from John Fleck’s game on a regular basis but also Oliver Norwood’s.

Brownhill wins 1.9 aerial duels per match, which is a greater number than the aforementioned duo.

Fleck is victorious from just 0.5 per game while Norwood’s is slightly better at 1.3. In fact, United’s transfer target even betters John Lundstram who wins 0.8 on average each outing.

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In matches against Cardiff, Swansea and Hull – games Bristol City have taken points from in 2019/20 – Brownhill won as many as five aerial duels in each clash. A pillar of solidity in Lee Johnson’s midfield ranks, he has the ability to add a physical presence which isn’t always there at the Blades.

For more evidence, Fleck hasn’t won more than two aerial duels in a match all season. Norwood, on the other hand, has done so on just two occasions.

At £7m, Sheffield United could do far worse than bringing Brownhill to Bramall Lane.

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