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Sheffield United: Blades should offload Heneghan to avoid centre-back pile-up

Sheffield United: Blades should offload Heneghan to avoid centre-back pile-up - Premier League

Both Sunderland and Reading are said to be interested in a move for Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan (Northern Echo).

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Blackpool where he played 42 league games for the third-tier side, scoring one goal in the process.

But the centre-half has only played a single game since arriving from Motherwell in the summer of 2017 having barely had a look in at Bramall Lane.

And it does not look good for him if he heads into the new season with the newly-promoted side as they have a wealth of options in his position including Jack O’Connell, John Egan, Chris Basham, Richard Stearman, Kean Bryan and Jake Wright.

The Blades have also just acquired a man they will be more than familiar with, who is returning for his second stint at the club, Phil Jagielka.

Obviously, the Yorkshire side had the joint-best defensive record in the Championship – so their strength is in not conceding goals. Indeed, considering their strength there, it does seem unlikely the 25-year-old will get much of a look in, especially with Jagielka now arriving to pad out the squad.

So, there’s nothing to suggest he should tinker with the trio of Basham, O’Connell and Egan given they missed a combined total of just 12 league games last season and were a part of a defensive unit which kept 21 clean sheets – more than any other side.

From Heneghan’s perspective, it’s really down to whether he wants to be a part of a Premier League run in which he is unlikely to be given a chance, or if he is willing to take the plunge in League One with Sunderland, or in the Championship with Reading.

Rationally it makes sense for him to drop down a division or two, perform well, and then try to find a move to a top division side once he has proven he can cope with regular first-team football.

Right now though, he doesn’t appear to have a natural place in the Steel City.

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