Championship

TT Battles: Graeme Shinnie vs Kieran Dowell

Sheffield United are having arguably one of their best seasons of the 21st century under Chris Wilder this year.

Third in the Championship and just two points behind Leeds United, the Blades are in a great position to secure a return to the top-flight after 12 years away.

If they achieve promotion, it goes without question that they will be wanting to bolster their squad in the summer and so it is no surprise that they are being linked with a move for Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie. According to HITC, the Scotland international, whose contract runs out at the end of the current campaign, is considering offers from both the Blades and Derby County.

Keeping this in mind, let’s compare Shinnie to one of the club’s other midfielders…

GRAEME SHINNIE

Graeme Shinnie has enjoyed a superb season for Aberdeen this year and has shown an oustanding level of versatily, playing both in his natural position at full-back and as a central midfielder. An ever-present for the Dons, he will be hoping that he can propel them to a third-place finish which will guarantee Europa League football next year.

However, with Celtic continuing to dominate Scottish football, Shinnie may benefit from testing himself in the Premier League next season, which could easily be achieved with the Blades if Wilder’s side get the job done in May.

TT GRADE: B-

KIERAN DOWELL

Since arriving at Bramall Lane on loan from Everton in January, Kieran Dowell has shown glimpses of the talent which has seen him become a regular for the England Under-21’s over the past two years.

The midfielder’s stand-out performance for United came in their 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in February, a game which saw him dominate proceedings before scoring the winner.

However, a lack of consistency may be a factor in whether Wilder decides to pursue a permanent move for Dowell in the summer, a circumstance which may only be financially viable if the club move up to the top tier.

TT GRADE: B+

Although it is fair to say that both players would offer the Blades a different option to what they currently have in midfield, if the club are looking towards the future then they must try and secure the signature of Dowell.

Indeed Shinnie may have a considerably higher amount of experience in comparison to the 21-year-old but in the form of John Fleck and Enda Stevens, United already have players who are better than him in both of the positions that he has represented Aberdeen in this season.

Therefore, if it comes down to a choice between the two players, Dowell has to be Wilder’s preference in the summer.

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