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Sheffield United: McBurnie and Maupay should be Blades targets ahead of Assombalonga

Sheffield United: McBurnie and Maupay should be Blades targets ahead of Assombalonga - Sheffield United

Sheffield United target Britt Assombalonga has said he was ‘excited’ to return to training with Middlesbrough despite interest from a number of other sides (Hartlepool Mail).

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The Blades reportedly face competition from Celtic and Fulham in the race to secure a deal for the striker, who has been at the Riverside Stadium since joining from Nottingham Forest back in 2017 for a club-record fee of £15million.

Last season, the 26-year-old bagged 16 goals for the Championship side and has attracted attention this summer as a result.

Meanwhile, Chris Wilder’s side have already broken the bank for a striker in the window, signing former Bournemouth man Lys Mousset for their own club record fee in a £10m deal.

They have also been linked with a number of other strikers including Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie and Brentford’s Neal Maupay.

There is no doubting Oli McBurnie has all the assets to form a prolific and fruitful partnership with Billy Sharp – for reasons which have been touched upon before.

And not only would McBurnie potentially form a better partnership with the Blades top scorer last season than Assombalonga – he won more aerial battles and provided more key passes than the Borough man (via WhoScored) – so would Maupay.

The Brentford forward has far more going for him in every department – he scored 11 more times in the league than Assombalonga, he provided eight more assists, his passing accuracy was higher and he attempted more dribbles.

In a window where Wilder has already spent over £22m, he now needs to buy smart and ensure any other money is invested wisely.

Across every possible measure, McBurnie and Maupay are better options than Assombalonga – so the Borough striker should not be considered.

Sheffield United fans, should Wilder steer clear of Assombalonga? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!


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