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According to reports from The Sun, Sheffield United want to sign promising young 20-year-old midfielder Tom Bayliss from Coventry City.
The majority of the Blades’ transfer targets this summer have been from the lower divisions. Luke Freeman has already signed, Neal Maupay could be joining him, and bids are apparently in for both Oliver McBurnie and Ben Osborn.
Bayliss is the most recent player from the lower divisions linked to the newly-promoted side, and while these signings may not be the most inspiring, they mean that the Blades are well prepared for life back in the Championship if they go down next season.
Chris Wilder has looked to recruit players that will not only do a job at Bramall Lane in 2019/20, but also those who would most likely stay and help the club bounce back if they were to suffer relegation – something the 6 ft Sky Blues midfielder can.
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With the jubilation of being back in the Premier League for the first time in over a decade, the majority of United fans won’t want to be thinking about life back in the Championship.
The fact of the matter is that it’s likely to be an uphill battle for the Yorkshire club this season, as they have already been tipped for the drop, but fortunately, if they do go down they are in good shape to come back up.
Their transfer policy is seemingly built around signing some of the most talented players from the lower divisions, and they’re likely to keep the squad together if they go down.
Other teams that have been relegated in recent years have struggled to bounce back as they were stripped of their prized assets as they have previously proven themselves in the top-flight or in Europe.
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The Potters eventually finished some way off the top six, but because the Blades are signing proven Championship players who have potential rather than big names who wouldn’t stay with the club if they went down, they should be in a strong position even if the worst case scenario was to unfold.