Reports have stated that Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud wanted to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic for Sheffield United on loan back in January 2018, but his suggestions were rejected.
Instead, the Serbian ended up at Fulham and tore the Championship apart, but this attempted transfer shows exactly why the Saudi royalty would be Chris Wilder’s worst nightmare.
Undoubtedly Mitrovic would have been an incredible acquisition on paper. He proved that he is one of the deadliest strikers in the Championship when he signed for Fulham, and he may well have propelled the Blades to a playoff spot that season.
He’s strong, hard-working and clinical in the box, but for Sheffield United it would have been a bad fit as the Serbian is the opposite of what Wilder has been looking for.
As much as Mitrovic is a fantastic player, he has a proven track record of ill-discipline both on and off the pitch. Indeed, he was the driving factor for Fulham’s promotion that season, but that may not have been possible to achieve had he not been working under fellow Serbian Slavisa Jokanovic.
With the importance that Wilder places on team spirit, Mitrovic may well have been the worst player to bring to Bramall Lane at that point in time. He very easily could have disrupted the harmony amongst the squad and been more of a hindrance than a help.
Wilder has previously stated that he doesn’t like having players bought for him, and if the Prince wants to disrupt change the system by calling the shots himself it could lead to the 51-year-old becoming unhappy at the club.
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The Prince was right about Mitrovic being a great player, but Sheffield United under Wilder is in a unique place where being a technically good footballer isn’t the most important thing to the manager – it’s about how you will fit into the squad.