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Sheffield United signing Callum Robinson gives them chance to try new tactic

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Sheffield United have made their third summer signing in the shape of Preston North End forward Callum Robinson.

The Republic Of Ireland international operated mostly on the left wing for the Lilywhites last term, but he can also act as a striker.

What’s the story?

This one has come somewhat from out of nowhere. The Blades weren’t linked to the 24-year-old until Friday morning when Football Insider reported that he was booked in for a medical to join the Steel City outfit. United wasted no time in getting this one done as later that day he was announced as their player.

The attacked enjoyed a solid campaign in the Championship last term as he netted 12 times for the Lancashire club.

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New system

Chris Wilder has consistently shown interest in wingers during this transfer window despite the fact his system doesn’t incorporate those types of players.

United have also been linked with Scott Sinclair and Franck Ribery (Kicker via HITC) in this window, but now they have finally got someone through the door who can play in that role.

Wilder’s 5-2-1-2 formation utilises wing-backs rather than wingers, and with Robinson also being able to play as a striker he could fit into that setup, but he also allows Wilder to craft a new system which incorporates wide forwards.

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Of course, the Blades don’t currently have anyone to operate on the right, but there is still a long way to go in this transfer window and reinforcements can still be brought in.

Wilder certainly needs to adapt his style in the Premier League and a new tactic which looks to get the most out of the wide areas could be just what the doctor ordered if his current system doesn’t work out in the top flight.

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