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Sheffield United’s January intentions must be on a poacher, says Stan Collymore

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What more harm could one more do?

Well, not a lot of harm, but it’s still something that Sheffield United shouldn’t bother themselves with.

There are a lot of men all eyeing a spot in the starting line-up at Bramall Lane, but according to Stan Collymore, there’s still room for one more.

What’s he said?

Writing in The Daily Mirror (Print edition, 5/11/19, Page 51), Collymore felt that although their defence has been superb, a lack of goals could well see the Blades fall off. As a result, he’s suggested bringing someone to add an extra couple of goals to see them over the line:

“Sheffield United were one of my tips for relegation and, of course, that might still happen. Defensively, they are conceding 0.75 goals a game — Champions League percentages — and what they need now is to push on from a very solid start.

“To do that they need more goals and if they get them they will be safe. I’d imagine a loan striker will be top of Wilder’s Christmas wish-list because if they can get a poacher of Jermain Defoe’s calibre — all relegation bets will be off.”

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Too many chefs spoiling the broth

Should Sheffield United really go through the effort of trying to sign someone like that for what might only end up being one or two goals throughout the season?

It just doesn’t make any sense.

As has been pointed out earlier, there are far too many men already for them to choose from, and unless there is a mass exodus in the window, it wouldn’t be wise to add another one into the mix.

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Collymore makes reference to Defoe and although he has a wonderful Premier League record, bagging 163 goals in 496 games, it would feel like a waste of wages to bring in an added attacking player. After all, only top quality would be an upgrade on the options they currently have and it’s unlikely they’ll find that in January.

Collymore isn’t talking about bringing in 20 goal a year player, just someone who can provide 4 or 5 to take them over the edge and keep them out of trouble.

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Someone like Billy Sharp has been a reliable source of goals for the Blades down the years, with 103 of them in 250 games (via Transfermarkt), so if they find themselves laking goals from the likes of Lys Mousset and Oliver McBurnie in the first team, why not go with someone that you know can get you goals.

It’s a risk-free method and wouldn’t do them any great harm.

There’s no point in spending money just for the sake of it.

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