Jack Robinson looks set to become the second signing for Sheffield United in the January transfer window.
According to multiple reports (at the time of writing), the Blades are set to seal a deal for the Nottingham Forest man.
Paul Taylor of The Nottingham Post is reporting a seven-figure sum could be spent on Robinson, as Chris Wilder looks to add some depth to his defence in the second half of the season.
Despite the number of names linked with the club in January thus far, it looks like the Blades are once again utilising the Championship market.
But just who is Jack Robinson, and will he fit into the ethos at Sheffield United?
The easiest way to look at things when it comes to Robinson is his versatility. He’s capable of stepping in at both centre-back and left-back. Both those positions are places United need cover, so it ticks the boxes there.
In terms of quality, Robinson has done ok for Forest without being spectacular. He’s made 18 appearances this season but has been replaced in recent times by Yuri Ribeiro.
However, at this moment in time, the Blades need players who fit the squad. Enda Stevens and Jack O’Connell have played every minute, so someone who can step in makes sense.
With only Ben Osborn as direct cover for Stevens at wing-back, Robinson could well prove a shrewd addition.
Furthermore, Chris Wilder is clearly a fan. He looked at bringing the 26-year-old to Bramall Lane before he eventually signed for Forest from QPR.
Nobody is going to tell you that Jack Robinson is going to change the game for the Blades. But in terms of a player who fits the bill for the moment and has a good pedigree, he’s ideal.
Robinson came through the ranks at Liverpool and even made a handful of first-team appearances for the Reds. He’s also been capped right up to England under-21 level, winning ten caps for his country.
He’s since made a home in the Championship and after cementing himself at QPR, he moved to the City Ground at the beginning of last season.
Forest played him regularly, too. He played 38 times as the Reds once again missed out on the play-offs. He was used at centre-half by Martin O’Neill, even captaining the Reds along the way.
However, two goals and two assists suggest he can make a contribution at the other end of the pitch as well. And While things haven’t quite gone to plan for him under Sabri Lamouchi, there is certainly a player in there.
Chris Wilder has a habit of getting the best out of players many others don’t fancy. It might well be a case of this again when it comes to Jack Robinson.