Ex-Sheffield United winger Keith Gillespie says club are focusing on wrong transfer targets
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Ex-Sheffield United winger Keith Gillespie says club are focusing on wrong transfer targets

Keith Gillespie thinks Sheffield United should avoid signing any more strikers this summer.

The Blades have been linked with several forwards already ahead of next season.

It includes Jonson Clarke-Harris, who top scored in League One this term with 31 goals to fire Peterborough United to promotion.

Yet former United winger Gillespie – who spent four years at Bramall Lane – thinks the South Yorkshire side already has enough options upfront.

“Do Sheffield United, as it stands, need a striker in the Championship?” he told This is Futbol.

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“They’ve got (Rhian) Brewster, (David) McGoldrick, (Oli) McBurnie. Billy Sharp is there still. (Oli) Burke. It’s not really a position they need to be filling.

“But then again, it depends on how many strikers are going to stay at Sheffield United, if two of three were to move on.”

Gillespie was being asked about specific interest in Ashley Fletcher. The Blades have been linked with Fletcher ahead of his departure from Middlesbrough this summer.

But Gillespie’s point stands when related to any attacker.

So, does Keith Gillespie have a point?

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We have written on this very subject recently in relation to Clarke-Harris.

As impressive as the 26-year-old has been for Peterborough, United do already have the aforementioned names.

Plus Lys Mousset, although he has been linked with an exit this summer.

None of the Blades attack may have impressed in 2020/21, but many of them have previous in the Championship.

Sharp (23) and McGoldrick (15) scored 38 goals between them to fire the South Yorkshire club to promotion last time they were in the division.

McBurnie also netted 22 times in the league for Swansea City that same campaign in 2018/19.

The following year Brewster scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for the Swans.

United do seem pretty well stocked when it comes to strikers with a proven pedigree in the second tier of English football.

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