When Sheffield United announced the signing of George Baldock in the summer of 2017 from Milton Keynes Dons, it is fair to say that not even the most optimistic of supporters would have predicted just how big of an impact he would go on to achieve at Bramall Lane.
The defender arrived in South Yorkshire amidst a wave of excitement as the Blades were preparing for their first Championship campaign for six years after achieving promotion from League One.
Reacting on Twitter to the news that the deal to bring in Baldock had been completed, these United fans offered their thoughts on the move.
That one came out of the blue!
— Callum Willis (@theneshfox) June 13, 2017
— Grib (@JoshGribben) June 13, 2017
Good signing lads
— Ryan (@RyanDaffin) June 13, 2017
Kept that one under cover
— Josh (@SUFCJosh18) June 13, 2017
Good player. Very happy with this!
— Adam Berry (@AdamBerryTKD) June 13, 2017
Brilliant signing. He was their standout player at MK Dons away #sufc
— Ross Bateman (@rossbateman1) June 13, 2017
That’s a cracking signing
— Gary Clarke (@juanclarkio) June 13, 2017
— (@S_M_R___) June 13, 2017
Having graduated from the same youth academy that helped shape the careers of Dele Alli, Brendan Galloway and Sheyi Ojo, Baldock clearly had the potential to thrive in the second tier yet faced stiff competition from Kieran Freeman for the full-back position.
After taking several months to adapt to Chris Wilder’s 3-5-2 formation, the 26-year-old finally established himself as a regular for the Blades in January 2018 and has since developed into a fantastic asset for his side.
Despite missing a large chunk of the first-half of this season due to injury, since returning to first-team action he has been nothing short of sensational for his side and is one of the key reasons for why they have managed to overcome Leeds United in the race for the top-two.
Not only has Baldock demonstrated a superb understanding of how to read the play in defensive situations but in recent weeks he has provided a sustained attacking threat which has allowed him to provide crucial assists against the likes of Brentford and Hull City.
Considering the fact that he reportedly only cost the club £666k (according to Transfermarkt), it is remarkable how Wilder managed to pull off such a masterstroke, especially when you consider just how competitive the market has become over the past few years.
With Premier League football now just 101 days away for United, it will be interesting to see how Baldock will fare against the very best in England’s top-flight division.
Blades fans, what were your thoughts when Baldock initially signed? Join the discussion by commenting below.
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