This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
How do you improve on perfection?
Well, not quite perfection, otherwise they’d have nothing but clean sheets, but still. Despite boasting one of the best defences in the league in terms of goals conceded, it looks as if the current crop could still do with some extra bodies, at least that’s what the latest reports would have you believe.
According to a report from Football Insider, the Blades are looking to bolster their defensive ranks with a move for former Everton, Manchester City, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers player Jack Rodwell.
Whilst he has played the majority of his career as a defensive midfielder, he has also dabbled with playing as a central defender, playing there 14 times in the Championship for Blackburn Rovers last year (via Transfermarkt), and according to the report, that would be his position if he were to make the switch to Bramall Lane.
Rodwell had recently been on trial with Italian club AS Roma, however, they ended up not signing him after failing to impress during his time abroad.
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It’s clear that centre-back is the position Chris Wilder wants to focus the most on in the upcoming window, but this move doesn’t follow his previous plans and shows a u-turn could be on the cards at Bramall Lane.
As we’ve discussed on FFC, someone like 22-year-old Joe Rodon, who they have been linked with as well in the past couple of weeks (The Sun On Sunday 27/11, page 61), would be a move for the future, potentially replacing the 31-year-old Chris Basham going forward.
However Rodwell is 28, so you’d be getting a lot less usage out of him in comparison. Perhaps this potential plan has been made with Rodon’s injury in mind, and bringing in Rodwell will be a little less risky, both in terms of injury status and the transfer fee, or lack thereof involved.
There is one benefit to bringing him in though and that is his versatility, whilst he would be played predominantly as a centre-back, he would also be able to cover for the likes of John Fleck and Oliver Norwood in midfield, whereas with Rodon you’d only be buying a centre-back.
Although not the most attractive of signings, he’d certainly cover plenty of bases.