Sheffield United would have very own Aleksandar Mitrovic if they sign Andy Carroll

Sheffield United returned to the top of the Championship table with a 4-2 win against Wigan Athletic at Bramall Lane on Saturday, and they should consider strengthening their promotion bid with a shock January move for West Ham United striker Andy Carroll.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Blades were in and around the promotion picture last term but eventually slipped away and finished six points outside of the play-off positions.

However, Chris Wilder’s men are in good form again during the current campaign and went two points clear at the summit from Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Norwich City with their latest victory against the Latics.

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp celebrates scoring against Blackburn Rovers

Striker Billy Sharp scored a hat-trick in the win, and even though the Yorkshire outfit are flying right now they don’t have the biggest squad and they may well look to add some quality and experience in the New Year to ensure they don’t fall away again this time around.

Why should they sign Carroll?

Sharp’s place in the starting XI looked to be in severe threat during the summer when Wilder brought the likes of Ben Woodburn, David McGoldrick and Conor Washington to Bramall Lane, but instead he has thrived upon the extra competition for places and his treble against Wigan took his tally to 10 goals in 13 Championship games this season.

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Elsewhere, with Leon Clarke, McGoldrick and Washington having just six league goals between them, Wilder may well be thinking about bringing in another striker who could complement Sharp up top, and Carroll would surely be an attractive option.

The West Ham centre-forward is closing in on a first-team return following injury, but with Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order and with Manuel Pellegrini being linked with January moves for Olivier Giroud and Edin Dzeko, a loan exit could well be on the cards if he stays fit and wants to play.

Like Aleksandar Mitrovic did last season, the 29-year-old could drop down temporarily to get back on the goal trail, before hopefully returning to the Premier League – with or without Sheffield United – next term.