Sheffield United have been linked with a move for a non-league striker Muhammadu Faal, dubbed the ‘new Jamie Vardy’ by some onlookers.
Faal has been lighting up the lower leagues with Enfield Town. So far, the striker has smashed in an impressive 18 goals in 19 games this season. That form has turned some heads higher up the footballing pyramid.
And according to the Sun, Sheffield United are one of a number of clubs in the Premier League who could offer Faal a chance in the top flight.
It would be quite the jump for the 22-year-old if he did move to the Premier League. However, it’s not something that would seemingly faze the striker.
Faal has ties to the top level given he is the cousin of Liverpool defender, Joe Gomez. Faal started his career as a teenager over in Italy before moving back to England. He’s had spells with the likes of Kingstonians FC before finally finding his feet with Enfield.
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Along with Sheffield United, it’s believed that that the likes of Watford and Bournemouth are also keeping tabs on the youngster.
Comparisons with Jamie Vardy inevitable
It’s an obvious thing to say but a fair enough comment when comparisons to Jamie Vardy are made. The Leicester man enjoyed a meteoric rise through the leagues after starting Stocksbridge Park Steels.
He’s now one of the top strikers in the Premier League. Vardy was also a key component as the Foxes won the title just a few seasons ago.
Faal has a long way to go before matching those accomplishments but sometimes players just need to be given a chance. The likes of Andre Gray at Watford have enjoyed similar paths into the top-flight. In years gone by, Ian Wright didn’t get going with Crystal Palace until well into his twenties.
Signing Muhammadu Faal might be just the sort of punt Chris Wilder and the Blades can get to pay off in a similar way to that of Jamie Vardy.
Sheffield United take on Newcastle at Bramall Lane tomorrow hoping to continue their unbeaten Premier League run.