Slavisa Jokanovic is the new manager of Sheffield United and his style of football is likely to entertain the returning masses inside Bramall Lane.
The Blades have moved to appoint the well-respected Serbian today. The club confirming the news shortly after lunch time.
Jokanovic has penned a three-year deal with the Blades. It’s a strong and impressive move from the owner, Prince Abdullah. And it’s also a move which deserves applauding, given the stick he’s taken at times since Chris Wilder left.
Most people will be well aware of the reputation Jokanovic has in the Championship. He took Watford up at the first attempt, before steering Fulham to the playoffs in his first full season, before winning out the season after against Aston Villa at Wembley.
Clearly, that winning reputation and knowledge of the second tier has enticed Prince Abdullah and co. And why not? Out of all the candidates mentioned, Jokanovic was the standout.
But beyond just being a team who can win, United fans should also expect excitment, goals, and front-foot football with the Serbian in the dugout.
Jokanovic style of football will draw Sheffield United fans in
The playing style was said to be a big factor in who United appointed. The club have built to play the 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 throughout the age groups.
Now, whether Jokanovic sticks exactly to those systems, remains to be seen. With Fulham, he played a 4-3-3. But the principals were the same. Press from the front, create overloads, and score as many goals as possible.
However, looking back at his spell with Watford, Jokanovic did deploy that famed 3-5-2 we are all used to seeing. Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra led the line, with back up from Odion Ighalo.
In midfield, Almen Abdi was often the number ten in front of Ben Watson and Adlene Guedioura. It was akin the system deployed by Chris Wilder which saw Mark Duffy do so well in.
Goals are also a massive part of Jokanovic’s style. His Watford side scored 91 goals, second only to champions Bournemouth. With Fulham, they scored 85 (a joint high) in his first year, before hitting 79 in their promotion year. Again, it was a total only bettered by the league winners.
Ollie Norwood is likely to benefit from Jokanovic coming in. United also have a bunch of strikers who need to get going and get going quickly next season.
If Jokanovic can get this Sheffield United team creating as he did with Watford and Fulham, then us Blades fans could be in for a treat.