Sheffield United are destined for the Championship and attention has already started to turn to who the club will look to sign this summer.
As well as the obvious conversations about incomings, there’ll also be a number of players on the chopping block too. Chris Wilder has already said ‘some need to go’, which suggests he’s ready to cut ties with a few of his Blades squad.
However, in terms of incomings, Wilder and the club face a big summer once again. The club should, in theory, be well positioned despite relegation.
Most players have relegation clauses in their contracts meaning a cut in wages, while the Blades have resisted the temptation to dish out huge salaries within those contracts.
That, plus the expected mini exodus of players, should ensure Chris Wilder at least has some funds to play with to reshape and, more importantly, improve his squad.
And one man who can do that for Wilder is Blackburn Rovers ace, Bradley Dack.
Sheffield United need Bradley Dack, he’s the number 10 they miss
Any Sheffield United with half a clue about football will tell you this team is crying out for a creative midfielder or, as it’s termed in modern football, a ‘number ten’.
Someone who can play the Mark Duffy role, knitting together midfield and attack, dropping into spaces and creating chances throughout 90 minutes.
Blackburn star Dack, is exactly that man. The former Gillingham ace took a bit of time to adapt to life in Lancashire but has proven himself to be one of the top performers in the league.
In his first season in the second tier, Dack 15 goals and contributed a further seven assists. The season after, he rattled in nine goals, and while he’s managed just the three this term, the potential and talent is there.
Further, he is the right age. At 27, he should be coming into his prime really and it’s something United should look to capitalise on.
Dack not a new name on the Sheffield UNited radar
United have been linked with a move for Dack before. Back in the summer of 2019, the Blades were credited by the Daily Mail with an interest in the Blackburn ace.
And despite our promotion and now what seems like certain relegation since then, Dack won’t have simply fallen off the radar for Wilder and his recruitment team.
A switch back to the formation that got us out of the Championship in the first place is more than likely next season.
Slotting Dack in there, then, would be the ideal solution and would give United that added spark, creativity, and magic in the final third we have so dearly missed at times.