This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Since arriving at Bramall Lane in 2017, George Baldock has been something of a revelation for Sheffield United.
The right-back joined the club from MK Dons for a fee of £666,000 according to Transfermarkt, with the Blades having just been promoted from League One to the Championship.
His initial task was to break into the first team ahead of regular starter Kieron Freeman, something that he managed to do when the Welshman picked up a nasty injury against Norwich City in September 2017.
Baldock took his chance, going on to start 30 of Sheffield United’s fixtures in the Championship in the 17/18 campaign (Transfermarkt).
His performances were impressive, and ultimately led to him becoming first choice in the right-back position ahead of Freeman.
Indeed he went on to start 27 league games in the 18/19 season which was more than his teammate, scoring one goal and providing three assists as the Blades won promotion to the Premier League (Transfermarkt).
He now finds himself as a top-flight player, and it would be fair to say that he has adapted quickly to playing at the highest level.
So far he has played every single minute of Sheffield United’s 12 Premier League fixtures, providing an assist against Leicester City whilst also netting his first goal of the season in their most recent fixture away at Tottenham Hotspur (Transfermarkt).
In fact, two of his recent appearances against Burnley and Spurs have been his best of the season, as highlighted by the fact that he was given match ratings of 7.5 and 7.85 by WhoScored in the two games.
Baldock has been part of a defence which has conceded just 12 goals so far (BBC Sport), the third-best record in the division behind Leicester City. He averages 2.7 clearances and 1.7 tackles per game (WhoScored) which shows that as well as his attacking output he can also contribute defensively.
All of those stats show that he is performing to a very high standard in the top flight, and makes him much more valuable to Chris Wilder’s side than the £666,000 they paid for him just over two years ago.
He is also only 26-years-old, so his peak years could still be on the horizon which could see his value to the South Yorkshire club increase further.
Sheffield United fans, how well has George Baldock done for you since arriving at Bramall Lane? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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