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Sheffield United: Chris Wilder keen on £15m Ollie Watkins

Sheffield United: Chris Wilder keen on £15m Ollie Watkins

Sheffield United could be set to bolster their striking options again in January, with manager Chris Wilder keen on landing Brentford striker, Ollie Watkins.

According to a report from the Sun on Sunday, the Blades are interested in landing Watkins, who has already scored seven times this season for Brentford as they once again go looking to land a place in the top six in the Championship.

The Blades have already splashed the cash in the summer on attacking players, as the likes of Oli McBurnie, Callum Robinson, and Lys Mousset all arrived at Bramall Lane as Chris Wilder looked to add goals to his team.

However, only seven goals have followed thus far this year, with no Blades player scoring more than once, despite McBurnie, Robinson and Mousset all getting themselves off the mark in the opening few months of the season.

Watkins is already well on course to beat last season’s total of 12 Championship goals, but United’s interest and the lure of the Premier League could well be something that turns his head come January if the Blades do indeed make a concrete bid. Indeed, with the likes of Oliver Norwood averaging 2.1 key passes per game (via WhoScored), signing a man currenly averaging a goal every 141 minutes in the second tier could be a good way of introducing more goals to the ranks.

The striker failed to get his name on the scoresheet this weekend as his side lost out at Nottingham Forest, but showed his potential last weekend with a hat-trick against Barnsley. 

Wilder doesn’t seem to be messing about when it comes to looking to add goals to his team and Watkins would undoubtedly fit the bill of someone who knows the back of the net. While there is an obvious risk in the fact he’s never played in the Premier League, the Blades boss does appear to be getting a tune out of his current squad pretty well and many of them lacked top-flight experience prior to this season.

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