Sheffield United have been linked with Jonson Clarke-Harris recently and he could prove to be the ideal replacement for Ollie McBurnie at Bramall Lane under Slavisa Jokanovic next season.
The Blades have been linked with a summer move for the Peterborough United striker recently following his impressive performances in League One, which helped Darren Ferguson’s side earn promotion to the Championship.
In 45 league appearances for the Posh, the former Bristol Rovers man would contribute an impressive 31 goals and three assists, averaging a superb 7.36 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Considering that is 11 more goals than Sheffield United managed in the Premier League this season, it seems clear that Jokanovic needs to add a natural finisher such as Clarke-Harris to his side ahead of next season if they are to have any chance of securing an immediate return to the top-flight.
Should he make the switch to Bramall Lane, he would likely arrive as a replacement for McBurnie, who has been heavily linked with a move away ahead of the summer transfer window, following a disappointing spell with the Blades.
Since joining from Swansea City in a £20m deal in August 2019, the Scotland international has managed just seven goals and one assist in 65 appearances, so it is no surprise to hear that Sheffield United are reportedly keen to get rid of him ahead of their return to the Championship.
Although he wasn’t much of a goalscorer, the Blades may well miss his ability in the air, as no player would average more aerial duels won per game than McBurnie (six) this season.
However, Clarke-Harris’ 4.9 aerials won per game with Peterborough suggests that he could step up as the 24-year-old’s replacement this summer, whilst also offering much more of a goal threat in Jokanovic’s side.
Therefore, Jokanovic should definitely consider a move for the “outstanding” forward this summer and hope that his arrival is a catalyst in McBurnie leaving Bramall Lane for good.
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