Ollie Norwood is set for a key role under new Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic, reports The Athletic.
Jokanovic has been named as the permanent successor to Chris Wilder at Bramall Lane and has signed a three-year contract.
The 52-year-old previously worked with Norwood when the pair were promoted together at Fulham in 2018.
At the time the midfielder was on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion – where he had also won promotion from the Championship the previous season.
Norwood completed the hat-trick in 2018/19 with the Blades, who signed the 30-year-old permanently.
The former Northern Ireland international finally got his chance in the Premier League the following campaign, helping United to a ninth place finish.
Norwood is under contract with the South Yorkshire club until 2023.
Norwood set for key role at Sheffield United
Central midfield is likely to be a key area for Jokanovic to address after being confirmed as boss.
Sander Berge is expected to leave this summer after being linked with a host of top flight sides in England.
John Lundstram is also set to depart when his current deal expires.
However, in Norwood and John Fleck, Jokanovic does have the midfield pairing which got the Blades promoted two years ago.
With the former, the Serbian already knows he has someone capable of performing under him.
“Oliver Norwood is an important player for myself and my team, it’s simple because I use him many games,” Jokanovic said following the Cottagers promotion.
“He’s shown a high level of professionalism and he’s a very good player.”
Norwood’s time at Craven Cottage wasn’t made permanent, however. He did somewhat lose his way towards the end of that campaign.
Which was to the benefit of United, whose recent success under Wilder also relied heavily on his creativity from the middle.
Could Norwood and Jokanovic repeat the feat four years on?