Sadly, most Sheffield United fans and even Chris Wilder are probably planning for life back in the Championship next season.
14 points with only 14 games remaining seems an unfathomable gap to make up. Of course, Wilder will be focussed on the next game as he always is and like anything in football, you just never know.
But the likelihood is that the Blades are back playing second-tier football next season. And barring the glamour, glitz, and riches that come with the Premier League, that’s absolutely fine for most supporters.
United fans simply want to get back to games. Given the scale of the pandemic, the league now seems irrelevant. It’s about getting into Bramall Lane, supporting the lads, and pushing for promotion once again – without a hint of VAR in sight for at least a season!
However, to ensure United do fight for promotion, a few players will need to come and go. There doesn’t need to wholesale changes, but like any summer, there’s bound to be some tinkering here and there.
And one man who could be a shrewd piece of business to fit with the current model of signing young and hungry players with a point to prove, is Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.
Sheffield United should move for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah
Football.London claims that Nketiah could be sold by Arsenal this summer, as Mikel Arteta continues his rebuilding job.
Yes, there’ll be cries of ‘another young striker’ and shouts of ‘he’s unproven’, but here me out with Nketiah.
The Arsenal youngster is clearly highly-rated. He’s played, and scored goals for the Gunners, albeit not as frequently as Mikel Arteta might have liked.
He did well in a loan spell at Leeds, too. Again, the goals weren’t free flowing, but he showed his instincts, his natural finishing ability, and proved he can hit the back of the net.
Finally, his record for the England Under-21s speaks for itself. 14 goals in just 12 games for the Young Lions makes him the record goalscorer at that level. Put simply, you don’t do that well in the England set up without having bags of talent in the locker.
Strikers not a necessity for Sheffield United but they’re always welcome
Chris Wilder often talks about what you do at both ends of the pitch. Scoring goals has been a problem for United ever since promotion.
Lys Mousset has shown flashes, Oli McBurnie has at times offered glimpses of his Swansea City form. Sharp and McGoldrick are proven at Championship level, while Rhian Brewster got 12 in half a season with Swansea last term.
But Wilder is bound to fancy adding another player to that mix and putting the pressure on. And in Eddie Nketiah, the Blades boss could well have his new fox in the box.
Of course, this all relies on fees being agreed, the player wanting to come, and United actually being in a position to move for Nketiah. But in terms of someone who fits the bill, the Arsenal man should be right up the Blades’ street.