Just a week or so into his new job at Middlesbrough, it seems Chris Wilder could be on a collision course with Sheffield United when it comes to Arsenal youngster, Folarin Balogun.
Balogun, who scored for the England under-21s in midweek, was a target for Wilder while he was at United. However, the Blades missed out, and opted instead to pay £20m+ for Rhian Brewster.
However, according to this weekend’s Sun, both the Blades and Wilder’s Middlesbrough are keen on doing a January deal for Balogun. It comes amid comments from the young striker that he is open to a move in January.
Balogun has been restricted to just two Premier League games. But there is a belief at Arsenal that he is now too good for the under-23s. A loan in January, then, could make sense.
The Sun claims Wilder watched Balogun in action for England. The report suggests United themselves still remain keen. However, how much of that is taken from past interest, remains to be seen.
Our View: Balogun to Sheffield United Won’t Happen
A move to Middlesbrough might well happen. Wilder will need and want new players, so why wouldn’t he go for a young striker who he admitted he admired before?
But Sheffield United? You wouldn’t think so. Not without some serious outgoings in the attacking department anyway. Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has already said he wants two wingers and a midfielder. Balogun is neither.
The other issue with Balogun is that at this moment, he’s arguably not even better than what we have. Especially in terms of a number nine. With that, it’s like Jokanovic would have to try and convert him into a wide forward or winger. Which brings us back to the square one anyway.
Balogun will likely get his loan move. But Bramall Lane is an unlikely destination as things stand.