When Sheffield United announced that they had signed Gary Madine on loan from Cardiff City in January, their supporters had every right to feel a little bemused.
Not only had the 28-year-old forward failed to score a single goal for the Bluebirds in the Premier League but he was also considered somewhat of a cult hero by the Blades’ city rivals Sheffield Wednesday for helping the Owls achieve promotion in 2012.
Nevertheless, with Chris Wilder’s side facing a gargantuan battle with Leeds United for second place in the Championship, Madine knew that by firing in the goals for his new side, his previous escapades would have been consigned to the history books.
However, despite showing glimmers of his talent against the likes of Reading and Millwall, the forward has been far too inconsistent for the Blades over the past four months and therefore it would be a mistake signing him on a permanent deal.
Instead of bringing in Madine, Wilder should be looking towards trying to secure the services of Brentford’s Neal Maupay. According to the Star, the 51-year-old is reportedly a big fan of the Bees forward who has lit up the Championship this year by scoring 24 goals for his side.
Whereas the Greater London-based outfit will be playing in the second tier next season after missing out on the play-offs, the Blades will be embarking on their first Premier League campaign for 12 years in August and therefore could be an attractive prospect for Maupay to consider.
Although some would argue that splashing out a considerable fee on the former Saint-Etienne forward would be a risk considering that he is no previous experience of top-flight football, his outstanding performances for Brentford suggest that he is more than ready to make the step-up.
With United needing to make decisive moves in the transfer window when it opens in July, Wilder should make it his number one priority to bring the £9m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) to Bramall Lane as he could prove to be the all-important difference between survival and relegation next season.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder go all-out to sign Maupay? Or is there another forward that he should be targeting in the summer? Let us know below.
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