Eddie Howe has once again cropped up as a name Sheffield United could well be interested in to succeed Chris Wilder at the club.
Yorkshire Live made the claim this week, suggesting that Howe wasn’t necessarily out of the running for the United job afterall. This, despite reports a month or so back that the ex-Bournemouth man had turned down the role at the Lane.
Howe’s former assistant, Jason Tindall, is currently on the Blades coaching staff. Tindall, a friend of Stephen Bettis, was brought in to offer a fresh pair of eyes and ears after Wilder’s departure.
Interestingly, Tindall and Howe were said to have fallen out at the end of their tenure together with the Cherries. But that’s still not stopped many Blades fans putting two and two together.
Another easy assumption to make if Howe was to become manager, is the potential return of a certain David Brooks to Bramall Lane. The Welsh winger has been courted by United ever since the club sold him it seems.
Eddie Howe to lure David Brooks back to Sheffield United?
There are so many caveats when discussing Brooks coming back to United that’s almost an impossible deal to get done.
First, it would be reliant on Howe coming in, leading us up the table, and winning promotion back to the Premier League. Secondly, it would require Bournemouth not going up this year. They currently occupy a play-off spot.
Thirdly, it would mean United splashing out on Brooks. His value will have decreased slightly due to the pandemic, but Bournemouth still wanted around £40m just last summer for him.
Nevertheless, sometimes it is nice to dream and bringing David Brooks back to Sheffield would go down brilliantly with most Blades fans.
United haven’t produced a talent like Brooks in many years. His impact, albeit in such a short space of time, was massive. He’s since improved further at Bournemouth, despite injuries holding him back.
Brooks was a player who previously ‘excited’ Eddie Howe. And while we might be dreaming big here, you just never know in football sometimes.