Sheffield United have a big transfer window ahead of them as they look to build a squad that can continue to battle in the top half of the Premier League, with fresh rumours linking them to Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence.
According to ESPN, the Blades are keeping tabs on the 19-year-old and his situation at the Championship club, although they face plenty of competition as fellow Premier League sides Tottenham, Southampton and Burnley are also keen on the right-back.
Middlesbrough have reportedly set a £10m price tag on Spence, with manager Neil Warnock comparing him to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as he said: “If you look at one or two of the full-backs that are around now — the lad at Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and the lad at Manchester United from Palace [Aaron Wan-Bissaka] — they are all the same type as Djed.”
The right-back is only a teenager but has made 20 appearances this season, winning 1.2 tackles a game, via WhoScored. He has also kept seven clean sheets this season, per Transfermarkt, and these statistics bode well for the youngster and highlight that he has considerable potential.
The Blades currently have the reliable George Baldock in the right-back position and he has had a great season, managing to keep 13 clean sheets in the division whilst also picking up two goals and three assists, via WhoScored. He has played all 35 Premier League games this season for the club and is still reasonably young at the age of 27.
Even though they have a good player in Baldock at right-back already, it will be good for Sheffield United to sign a precocious young player like Spence who can provide a capable alternative and possibly even become the 27-year-old’s long-term successor at Bramall Lane.
With other Premier League sides interested in the teenager, it highlights the scale of his potential and, for a fee of only £10m, the Blades could find themselves a real bargain if htey.
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