Sheffield United are said to be close to completing a deal over the weekend to sign Derby County pair, Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe.
Both young full-backs with potential to get even better, the deal is expected to be worth around £10m, according to reports from The Telegraph.
The pair will provide competition and cover for Blades regulars Enda Stevens and George Baldock and at £10m, will come in as a pair at less than the fee United were quoted for now Aston Villa player, Matty Cash.
And while the focus may be on Bogle given he is only 20, we should also pay attention to Lowe, who will – hopefully – solve a major issue for the Blades.
Cover, competition and respite for Enda Stevens
The capture of Lowe is a shrewd move by Wilder. Reports state he will only cost the club around £3m, something of a bargain in today’s market.
At 23, Lowe has all the time in the world to hone his craft, learn the system, take in pointers off Stevens and, eventually, take over from the Irishman as the Blades first-choice wing-back.
He’s already proven his worth at Derby. A successful loan spell at Aberdeen back in 2018 paved the way for the Rams ace to make his mark. And make his mark he did.
Last season saw Lowe play 29 times under Phillip Cocu. Indeed, barring a two-game suspension, he made the squad under the Dutchman in every Championship fixture.
If he does come into the Blades squad, it eliminates an issue we had all last season. As good as Ben Osborn has been, he is not a natural wing-back. Lowe’s signing will give Osborn the chance to focus solely on his midfield role as cover for John Fleck, while Wilder will have the options of resting Stevens if needs be.
In a market that has proven so testing this summer, the Blades boss and Stephen Bettis appear to have once more come out on top with a couple of deals which suits all parties while improving the Blades squad along the way.