After months of fighting it out with Leeds United for the final automatic promotion position in the Championship, Sheffield United finally landed the killer blow last week as their victory over Ipswich Town guaranteed Premier League football for next season.
Although his immediate focus will be on trying to usurp Norwich City at the top of the standings on Sunday, Chris Wilder will already be preparing for what is certain to be one of the most important transfer windows in the Blades’ history.
Despite his squad’s heroics during the current campaign, it would be naive to suggest that it does not need to be strengthened in the summer as the step up in level will bring about a whole host of challenges that United will have to overcome in order to prolong their stay in the top flight.
In order to have the best chance of being competitive next season, Wilder must not make any glaring transfer errors and so he should steer well clear of offering Gary Madine a permanent deal when his loan spell comes to an end later this month.
According to the Daily Mail, United are planning to hold talks with the forward over his future despite the fact that he failed to impress in the Premier League earlier this season with Cardiff City.
Although he has shown glimmers of promise since moving to South Yorkshire in January, it is quite obvious that he is a Championship level player and is no match for the likes of David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp who have been considerably better than him over the past few months.
With the forward being rated at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, it is obvious that Wilder would benefit more from spending this kind of money on trying to solve some of the club’s other problem positions.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder sign Madine on a permanent deal? Or would it be more beneficial to avoid bringing in the Cardiff striker? Let us know below.
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