A lot has changed since Phil Jagielka last played for Sheffield United in 2007.
Since his departure to Everton, Manchester City have triumphed in the Premier League on four occasions, Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula One World Championship five times and a certain Argentine has emerged as one of the greatest players in footballing history.
Yet whereas Jagielka himself has enjoyed a fantastic 12 years at Everton, the same cannot be said for his former side.
After suffering a dramatic relegation from the top-flight, the Blades spent four years in the Championship before slipping into the third tier following an embarrassing campaign in 2011.
Following five successive seasons of abject failure in League One, United’s decision to appoint Chris Wilder in 2016 proved to be a masterstroke as the former Northampton Town boss has completely transformed the club’s fortunes.
Having led his boyhood club to promotion to the second tier at the first time of asking, the 51-year-old went one better during the 2018/19 campaign as by securing a second-place finish ahead of the likes of Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion, he guaranteed the Blades’ return to the Premier League after 12 years away.
Although Wilder will go down in history at the club for his achievements, he will be hoping that this is just the start of his story with United.
However, with a huge summer ahead, it is imperative that he gets his recruitment spot on if his side are to have any chance of competing with England’s elite.
With his current crop of players lacking top-flight experience, it is of no surprise that Wilder has been linked with a move for Jagielka.
According to The Sun, the Blades are reportedly keeping tabs on the defender’s contract talks with Everton and could be preparing a swoop for the veteran.
If this is indeed the case, United should do everything they can to convince the £1.35m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) to move back to Bramall Lane as he has been relatively impressive for the Toffees this year and therefore would prove to be a solid addition to their squad.
What do you think United fans? Should Wilder do everything he possibly can to convince Jagielka to join the Blades? Or should he be targeting a younger prospect? Let us know below.
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