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According to The Sun (June 26, Page 51), Sheffield United are interested in signing Celtic winger Scott Sinclair.
The 30-year-old hasn’t played in England since his ill-fated spell with Aston Villa in 2016. Following his move to Scotland he has rediscovered the form that saw him earn a move to Manchester City in 2012, having scored 39 goals in three SPFL campaigns, and that has opened up a pathway for a return to the Premier League.
The Sun (June 26, Page 51) are reporting that the Blades want to sign the winger this summer. The article goes on to say that he could cost them around £2m.
The former Swansea man has shown glimpses of quality during his time in the Premier League, but his most recent spell with Villa has left him with a point to prove in England’s top division.
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This is the second time in a few weeks that Chris Wilder has shown interest in a winger, despite the fact that his current formation doesn’t incorporate those types of players.
Indeed, the first wide man linked with the club was Franck Ribery by Kicker (June 13, 8:00AM), but this move for Sinclair seems a little bit more realistic.
Wilder’s 5-2-1-2 formation utilises wing-backs rather than wingers, and with the 30-year-old not being the most defensively astute player, making just one tackle per game compared to Enda Stevens’ 2.5 last season for example, it’s hard to see him fitting into that system.
One can only imagine that the 51-year-old has devised a new tactic for the Yorkshire outfit’s arrival to the Premier League which allows wingers to thrive.
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The Blades boss needs to be one step ahead of the game in that regard. As revolutionary as his current tactic is, it could come undone against the top sides, so a more rigid and orthodox approach which seemingly incorporates wingers could be on its way to Bramall Lane.