Slavisa Jokanovic takes over as Sheffield United manager this week and will be officially presented to the media as Blades boss on Friday.
It’s an exciting time for Blades fans. The blow of losing Chris Wilder has been cushioned by the appointment of the Serbian. Jokanovic was viewed by a majority of United fans as the number one choice to replace Wilder.
Aside from the fans, it’s also an exciting time for the Blades squad.
Chances will arise for players who might have been out of favour under the previous regime. Youngsters will also be keen to make their mark, while the experienced pros in the first-team will want to lay a marker down too.
But which players will want to impress Slav the most? And who stands to gain the most by catching his eye? We’ve taken a look at five in that boat here.
It goes without saying that Mousset faces an enormous summer. His career could be defined by this next few months. It really is make or break time.
The Frenchman is – in terms of talent – one of United’s best. On his day, he’s unplayable and he gave some of the PL’s best defences a torrid time.
Mousset’s problem, though, is he doesn’t have those days often enough. Off field problems have also blighted his career with United.
The striker will surely be one of the first players Jokanovic wants to sit down with and assess. If he can commit, get fit, and fire, then it’s a huge bonus for the club. If not, then he’ll be on his way before the summer’s out.
Back from an impressive loan spell with Hull City, Slater is one of the players Jokanovic is keen to look at this summer.
Rated highly by Chris Wilder, Slater was included in pre-season tours but never quite got to the first-team picture under Wilder and Knill.
But buoyed by his time in Hull, Slater will be confident. The bonus for the midfielder is that he knows Hull want him back as well. If he doesn’t quite catch Jokanovic’s eye enough, then he pretty much has a move lined up.
Fresh off the back of being in the Euros with Wales, Norrington-Davies will be hoping to really push Enda Stevens this season.
He was excellent for Stoke City last season after impressing with Luton, and there’s a general feeling inside Bramall Lane that he can have a real impact.
The left wing-back position is a place United are blessed in. Stevens, Max Lowe, and even Ben Osborn can all play there. But there’s a real opportunity for ‘RND’ to stake a claim this summer.
Every Sheffield United fan wants to see Brewster do well. The £20m signing has yet to score, but there’s a sense that there is something there that can be unlocked.
That will be one of Jokanovic’s main tasks. But away from the manager, Brewster must look at himself first and foremost. We wrote earlier how he’s in for a big summer. And it rings true.
Brewster simply needs to put the work in, knuckle down, and learn from some the more experienced members of this squad. If he does that, the goals will undoubtedly come. He’s proven at Championship level, and he could be key to United’s promotion efforts.
It’s a big summer this for Eastwood. He’s back from a loan spell with Grimsby where his manager there, Paul Hurst, explained how he’s come back to Shirecliffe with thoughts of playing a bigger part this term.
The reality is it’s now or never for Eastwood. He seems to have been around for ages, and is now 24, so is hardly in the ‘youngster’ category as such.
But with Arsenal tracking Aaron Ramsdale, there could be an opening for the stopper. Wes Foderingham and Michael Verrips remain on the books, but Eastwood will fancy his chances.
Of course, should Ramsdale stay put, then Eastwood could end up moving on. Regardless, he’ll be keen to impress Jokanovic.