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Predicted XI: The positions Sheffield United need to strengthen upon promotion

Promotion to the Premier League brings about a huge cash injection along with the necessity to strengthen.

Sheffield United have gone up with largely the same squad that won League One in 2017, but it is time for some of those players to step aside to allow new talent to come in, whilst others have earnt their shot at proving themselves in the top flight.

Who retains their spot?

Dean Henderson: Chris Wilder should do everything in his power to bring him back. The Blades have been linked heavily and it seems just a matter of time before the keeper returns.

Enda Stevens: Has transformed into one of the best wing-backs in the Championship and there aren’t many players available that can do what he does in terms of covering ground and getting assists.

Jack O’Connell: Looks the most ready-made Premier League player in this side, vital to Wilder’s system.

John Egan: The club-record signing  is now arguably worth treble what they paid for him. Been incredible all year and could easily make the step up.

Oliver Norwood: Promoted three times in three years with different clubs each time. Untested in the top flight but surely worth a chance due to his incredible record in the second tier.

John Fleck: The man who makes Sheffield United tick, arguably their most important player and certainly able to make the step up.

Billy Sharp: Top scorer, club legend, and captain. Sharp has never been given a fair shake in the top flight but with his natural instincts as a striker he could easily hit double figures next year.

Which positions need filling?

CB: Although Chris Basham has had a fantastic season he is the weak link in a defence that the Blades will want to improve.

RWB: George Baldock and Kieron Freeman have rotated in this position. Nobody has made this spot their own so a new wing-back will certainly be inbound.

AM: Mark Duffy has been good this season but he isn’t Premier League quality. Wilder will need to improve in this spot if his team are going to stay up.

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CF: David McGoldrick won the club’s Player of the Year award but just 12 months ago he was released from Ipswich. He could regress back into being that player and injury problems could also return. A new striker has to be a priority for the club.

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