Sheffield United have been linked with a move for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney recently and he could amend a key issue in the Slavisa Jokanovic’s side ahead of next season.
According to Football League World, the 52-year-old, who was appointed Sheffield United boss earlier this week, as set his sights on signing the Scottish midfielder this summer, as he looks to add to his squad ahead of the Blades’ return to the Championship next season.
It is suggested that the Serbian manager is keen to make Cairney his first signing as Sheffield United boss, although Fulham are reluctant to let him go, considering his excellent performances in the Championship in recent seasons.
Although the £8.1m-rated Cairney would manage just one goal and one assist for Fulham in the Premier League this season, he was limited to just 10 appearances for Scott Parker’s side due to injury, as they also suffered relegation back to the Championship.
However, he was a key member of the Cottagers’ squad last season as they earned promotion to the top-flight through the playoffs, making 42 appearances and contributing eight goals and three assists, averaging an impressive 6.98 rating from WhoScored.
It is no surprise that Jokanovic is being linked with a reunion with the “outstanding” Cairney, as he was one of the star performers in the Serbian’s side during his spell in charge at Craven Cottage, making 116 appearances, in which he contributed an impressive 24 goals and 21 assists.
His 13 goals and 10 assists in the 2016/17 season emphasises the quality that he can produce in the second tier, and if he were to make the move to Bramall Lane this summer, he could definitely amend a key issue in the Blades’ squad that was a defining factor in their awful 2020/21 campaign.
Sheffield United managed just 20 goals in 38 Premier League games, of which just one was scored by a natural midfielder in Sander Berge, with the likes of John Fleck, John Lundstram and Oliver Norwood all failing to find the back of the net.
Therefore, a creative midfielder in the mould of Cairney could certainly help the Blades start to be much more dangerous in the final third, which is something they definitely need to improve on if they want to earn an immediate promotion back to the top-flight.