For any newly promoted team, it is imperative to make sure their work in the transfer window is perfect.
If a side that has just come up does shoddy work in the market, it can have disastrous effects. Fulham last season are a prime example of what can happen if a club doesn’t work smartly when trying to overhaul their squad.
Sheffield United have been linked with a number of players already this summer, and they could be lining up with a new-look team next season if they bring in the men they’ve been targeting.
Here’s how Chris Wilder’s side could appear…
The first thing to note is that we don’t expect Wilder to veer away from his patented 5-2-1-2 formation which brought the Blades so much success in the Championship.
Not too much has changed in the defence. Dean Henderson has been linked with a return all summer so that one could happen before the season kicks off.
The centre-back cohort of John Egan, Jack O’Connell and Chris Basham hasn’t been split up. Despite reported interest in Ashley Williams (The Sun, June 8, Page 67) and former Blade Phil Jagielka, the starting options in defence should remain the same.
The midfield pivot of John Fleck and Oliver Norwood is kept together too. The duo were fantastic last term with 10 and eight assists respectively, and the Yorkshire club haven’t been linked with any players who could replace either of the pair.
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Up top is where the Blades are looking for an overhaul. Luke Freeman has been linked heavily, and he replaces Mark Duffy as the attacking midfielder.
While the Blades have been linked with loads of strikers, it’s hard to see Billy Sharp losing his spot in the starting XI as he is the team captain, and the link with Oliver McBurnie seems to be the most concrete at the moment after reports that the Yorkshire club are set to bid £15m for the Scot.