It has been an incredible year to be a Sheffield United supporter, hasn’t it Blades fans?
After missing out on the play-offs at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, Chris Wilder’s decision to bolster his squad by bringing in the likes of David McGoldrick, John Egan and Oliver Norwood paid off massively as the Yorkshire-based outfit exceeded all expectations this season.
Following a gargantuan battle with Leeds United for second-place in the Championship, the Blades eventually came out on top as they secured automatic promotion following their rivals’ 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on April 28th.
With a long summer ahead of them before they play their first Premier League fixture since 2007 in August, Wilder will know that in order to be competitive in the top-flight, he must be willing to splash the clash when the right player becomes available in the summer.
However, the 58-year-old can ill-afford to be hasty during the transfer window as it could have a disastrous impact on United’s hopes of securing survival next season. Therefore, it is clear that Wilder must resist the temptation to sign Scott Hogan on a permanent deal from Aston Villa.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, the Blades could be considering a move for the forward as they look to provide sufficient back up for McGoldrick and Billy Sharp.
Although Hogan is undeniably talented, when you consider the fact that he has only managed to score two goals for the club since joining on loan in January, it would obviously be a mistake to bring him in as he may struggle to make the step up in level required to compete.
Instead of wasting their money on the £4.5m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt), the Blades should instead look towards bringing in a forward who has a track-record of producing in the top-flight of English football as it could prove to be the all-important difference in their quest to avoid relegation next season.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder sign Hogan on a permanent deal in the summer? Or would it be wiser for the 51-year-old to target Premier League-proven forwards? Let us know below.
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