When it comes to transfer recruitment, there surely cannot be too many managers in world football who can boast a record that comes close to challenging Chris Wilder’s at Sheffield United.
Since arriving at Bramall Lane in 2016, the 51-year-old has secured a number of incredible signings for the Blades with the likes of Jack O’Connell, David McGoldrick, Enda Stevens and Oliver Norwood all making crucial contributions towards the club’s achievement of securing promotion to the Premier League this season.
However, the decision to bring in Conor Washington last summer from Queens Park Rangers has proved to be an anomaly for Wilder.
Despite featuring on 19 occasions for United during the 2018/19 campaign, the Northern Ireland international ultimately failed to live up to expectations as he only registered one goal involvement for his side.
With the Blades making a step up in level next season, it was of no surprise that Washington was one of five players who were released by the club earlier this week (via The Yorkshire Post).
Although his performances in the Championship were pretty dismal, there is no reason why the £1.35m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) cannot thrive at a lower level having previously impressed for Peterborough United in League One.
In need of a fresh start, Washington has been linked with a move to Ipswich Town, according to reports in the East Anglian Daily Times.
Having been relegated from the second tier for the first time in 62 years last month, the Tractor Boys will be looking to bounce back next year and could do so by signing the former Blades forward.
What do you think United fans? Was it the correct decision by Wilder to release Washington? How important is it to recruit the right players this summer ahead of your return to the Premier League? Get in touch below.
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