Interest is growing in Slavisa Jokanovic’s Sheffield United right-back Jayden Bogle this summer.
That’s according to a report by Sky Sports (via Football League World), who claim that Norwich City are interested in making a move for the 20-year-old right back in the summer transfer window.
The report goes on to state that the Canaries are looking to strengthen their options in defence ahead of their upcoming Premier League campaign, and have identified the £6.3m-rated Bogle as one of their top targets this summer.
Having joined Sheffield United from Derby County in what was a £3.47m deal last summer, Bogle did not get off to the best of starts for the Blades last time out, although his Premier League debut campaign came in extremely challenging circumstances.
Indeed, over his 16 top-flight appearances for United last season, only 12 of which came as starts, the 20-year-old helped his side keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.9 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 1.1 clearances and winning 4.4 duels per game.
The £20k-per-week right-back also chipped in for his side in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals and making an average of 0.3 key passes per fixture, with these returns seeing the former England U20 international earn a rather disappointing seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.54.
However, considering the youngster was playing for a team rooted to the foot of the Premier League table for the vast majority of the season, turning in fantastic performances week in week out was a near-impossible task.
And, considering the fact that United are now playing in the division below, Bogel’s metrics would very much indicate that the right-back would be an incredibly useful player for Jokanovic to have at his disposal next season, as well as one who, at just 20 years of age, has a great deal of developing still to do as a footballer.
As such, keeping the defender whom Chris Wilder dubbed a “quality” player would appear to be extremely important for United this summer, as Bogle very much seems as if he has the ability to help fire the Blades back to the Premier League next term – and with his potential departure representing something of a disaster for the club.