Tom Cairney is already being linked with a move to Sheffield United, just days after Slavisa Jokanovic was confirmed as the new Blades manager.
It was always going to happen, in fairness. So it wasn’t a surprise to see FootballLeagueWorld report that Cairney is on the radar of the new Blades manager.
The link is an obvious one. Cairney shone under Jokanovic before and with Fulham relegated and the midfielder out of the picture through injury, his name was always going to crop up.
Indeed, sources suggest that Cairney could want out of Fulham. Along with Aleksandar Mitrovic and others, the midfielder could lead a mini exodus at Craven Cottage this summer.
However, despite the obvious links and the fact Cairney is a good player, there are more reasons to suggest United won’t be signing him.
We already touched on his injuries in our initial report. And that, coupled with other factors, will probably ensure we don’t land the Fulham man.
Why Sheffield United won’t be signing Tom Cairney this summer
As mentioned, Tom Cairney has only featured sporadically this season for Fulham. He’s played just the ten games due to injury. But even before that injury, he was on the bench in four out of six games. Indeed, he didn’t even come on in those games.
In addition, Cairney is now 29. Obviously, that isn’t the end of the world and players can play well into their 30s. But given who United have signed in recent seasons, the Fulham man doesn’t quite fit the bill.
It would be a risk for United to give Cairney a three or four year contract at that age. Especially if, as mentioned, his injury problems persist.
Another issue is the wages on that potential contract. Spotrac claims Cairney earns around £40k-a-week at Fulham. Put simply, there’s just no way United are giving those sorts of contracts out this summer.
Finally, it’s also been documented that United will seek to utilise the loan market this summer. That means younger players are more likely to come in, rather than 29-year-old midfield players.
So, while the links to former Fulham stars will inevitably continue. The likelihood of us signing Tom Cairney, for now, remains a slim one.