Sheffield United and transfers will be on the agenda for many fans as the January window edges ever closer to opening for Championship teams.
The Blades will – hopefully – look to move some out and bring others in during the winter months. A fairly productive summer saw the likes of Conor Hourihane, Ben Davies, Morgan Gibbs-White, and Robin Olsen all arrive on short-term deals. But the United squad is still top heavy, and lacks players to suit the Serbian’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
United travel to Nottingham Forest tomorrow looking to bounce back from a miserable defeat against Blackpool. Another second half goal after dominating for large periods cost the Blades.
But ahead of the game, transfers were a talking point for the local media and the Sheffield United boss has admitted exactly where he needs to strengthen.
“If you ask me specifically what I need. I need two wingers, and one holding midfielder. And that’s it,” Jokanovic told the BBC’s Rob Staton.
“But I cannot refresh the team in October and November. We need to make it in our plans for the future. I’m now focussed on other things before January. You won’t see any new faces here. You will see in the time that it is possible, what kind of movement is possible. If not, I will stay with my team.”
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Every man and his dog can see this United side needs wingers. Especially if Jokanovic is going to persist with 4-2-3-1. Gibbs-White has proven a shrewd signing but the other three Jokanovic has brought in remain under the spotlight.
Robin Olsen has looked shaky more than once. Ben Davies has done ok in bits but is part of a leaky defence. While in midfield, Conor Hourihane delivered one of the worst half hours in United history against Millwall.
It’s nice to hear Jokanovic actually say it though. Most fans can see what’s needed, so it’s good the manager can too. Ultimately, the board need to back their man here. We could also see some going out, with Hourihane’s loan looking under threat too.
January is a massive month for most clubs. If United can keep within touching distance of the playoffs, then a few solid additions might just get us there.