In Jayden Bogle, Sheffield United appear to have signed a player that is going to be more than capable for the future at right-back.
In just a handful of appearances, Bogle has caught the eye with two goals, energetic bursts into the opposition box, and an enthusiasm which we can only hope continues to catch on around the club.
Signed from Derby along with Max Lowe, Chris Wilder has been clear in that Bogle and Lowe represent the future of the club, rather than the here and now.
But after another fine display at Bristol Rovers yesterday and another well-taken goal, Bogle is giving Wilder a selection headache that the Blades boss probably didn’t need.
Of all the positions
Wilder has spoken more than once this season about players coming in and really grasping their opportunity and taking the shirt. Admittedly, few have done it and only a handful of United players can really count themselves as definites in the starting XI now.
But one of those players was probably George Baldock. An ever-present until recent weeks, Baldock has done little wrong this season, albeit he hasn’t been at his flowing best from last term.
So it is just typical of this season that the one player who is catching the eye the most, is Bogle, a player brought in to directly challenge Baldock.
Room for both?
United’s 3-5-2 system, naturally, dictates we aren’t going to see too much of Bogle and Baldock in the same team. Furthermore, Baldock is a stalwart of the Wilder era, so to simply cast him aside would be harsh.
But, could there be room for both? The right of the midfield has proven a problematic position all season. John Lundstram is a shadow of the player he was last year and wants out, while Sander Berge is missing for the foreseeable future.
Bogle, then, could well offer an option in that role. His energy, willingness to get into the box, and natural instincts as a defender might make him the ideal candidate, especially if we need legs in there if the likes of Ollie Norwood are playing centrally.
Of course, Wilder’s conundrum here isn’t a bad thing. In fact, we’ve needed players to step up to the plate all season. Bogle is, at the moment, a shining light when he does play and if anything, he should have put the likes of Baldock and others firmly on their toes.