Having achieved the unthinkable with his boyhood club by taking them from the abyss of the third tier to the Premier League in just three years, Chris Wilder has already guaranteed his place in Sheffield United folklore alongside the likes of Neil Warnock and Dave Bassett.
Yet despite this success, the 51-year-old will know that in order to give the Blades the best chance of competing amongst the best club sides in England, he will have to get his recruitment spot on in the summer.
Whereas bringing in players who already have experience of top-flight football could allow the club to thrive in their new surroundings, by taking a risk on unproven stars, United may struggle to survive next season.
According to the Northern Echo, the Blades are reportedly targeting a move for Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga who may be convinced to move to Bramall Lane following the Smoggies’ failure to secure promotion during the 2018/19 campaign.
Although the 26-year-old managed to fire in 16 goals for Tony Pulis’ side in all competitions this year, the fact that he has never played above the second-tier should act as a warning to Wilder if he is indeed interested in signing the marksman.
By spending a considerable amount on Assombalonga, the Blades could be making a huge error as he despite being undeniably talented, he may not be ready for the challenges that the Premier League has to offer.
If he is brought in and ultimately fails to deliver, it would not be at all surprising if United end up being back in the second tier come 2020.
What do you think Blades fans? Would Assombalonga be a good signing to make this summer? Or is it too much of a risk to splash the cash on a striker who has yet to prove himself at the top level? Let us know below.
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