It is an exciting time to be a Sheffield United supporter, isn’t it?
After a number of years stuck in the Football League abyss, the decision by the Blades to appoint Chris Wilder in 2016 has turned out to be somewhat of a masterstroke.
Having led United to the League One title in his first season in charge, the 51-year-old achieved the unthinkable last month as he secured promotion to the Premier League from the Championship.
Although this particular success will be remembered fondly by everyone associated with the Blades, Wilder will be hoping that this is just the start of an incredible story at Bramall Lane.
However, in order to make sure his side can compete at the highest level, the former Northampton Town boss must be ruthless in the transfer window as any mistakes could cost the Yorkshire-based outfit their top-flight status in 2020.
With Scott Hogan and Gary Madine’s loan deals expected to expire at the end of May, it is vital that Wilder steers well clear of signing either player in the summer.
Despite both forwards playing a role in helping United achieve a top-two finish in the 2018/19 campaign, the fact that they scored just five goals between them in the second tier suggests that they do not possess the qualities needed to thrive in the Premier League.
Whereas the likes of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick are certain to play a big role for the Blades next season, the Yorkshire-based outfit could benefit from bringing in Jermain Defoe from AFC Bournemouth.
Currently on loan at Rangers, the £1.8m-rated marksman (via Transfermarkt) has scored a remarkable total of 162 goals in the top-flight during his illustrious career and would offer an invaluable level of experience for the Blades.
Although Defoe is contracted until 2020 with the Cherries (via Spotrac), he may be available on a cut-price deal according to reports in the Daily Mail, who mention the Steel City as a potential landing spot.
If this is indeed the case, there is no reason why United should not pursue a deal as even if he joins as cover for McGoldrick and Sharp, the former Sunderland ace could prove to be the all-important difference between relegation and survival.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder consider a summer swoop for Defoe? Or is it worth targeting a younger prospect? Let us know below.
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