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Opinion: Why Enda Stevens might make the perfect Ben Chilwell replacement
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Opinion: Why Enda Stevens might make the perfect Ben Chilwell replacement

Blades defender, Enda Stevens, has been one of the standout left-backs in the league this season, alongside the likes of Ben Chilwell and Andy Robertson.

Enda Stevens could be the ideal replacement for Ben Chilwell. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Indeed, Leicester star Chilwell is being linked with a move to Chelsea as things stand. Now an England regular, Chilwell’s performances were always going to lead to attention.

Similar to Stevens with the Blades, Chilwell has become integral to how the Foxes play. Their energy and fitness down the left has been vital, while both players have helped when it comes to scoring and creating goals.

It seems a pretty obvious assumption to make, then, that if Chilwell was to go, that Leicester might well be casting a few glances at Stevens. Even though Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has been touted as a potential replacement, the Blades might well need to look over their shoulder.


Playing his part

Stevens has been crucial for Sheffield United this year. He’s followed up on last season’s impressive form and taken to the Premier League with ease.

His performance against Burnley was a particular highlight. Stevens played his part in all three goals during this game, bombing on down the left to cause havoc for the Clarets defence.

He’s already registered two direct assists, while his goal at Norwich was a crucial one for the Blades.

Enda Stevens scored at Norwich this season. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Furthermore, he’s contributing so much in the final third. He’s delivered an impressive 71 crosses and created seven big chances. Both those numbers are more than Chilwell’s. (Premierleague.com)

In addition, defensively he is so solid. 50 tackles – of which he’s won 31 – along with 24 interceptions and six blocks, all show how Stevens is switched on at the back. Once again, these numbers eclipse the Leicester man.

A huge bid

The sums being talked about for a potential Chilwell transfer are well into the tens of millions. And rightly so, given the market that we are in.

However, that also means a similar bid would be needed for Stevens. While some might argue that Chilwell is playing in a team going for the top two, we can’t forget Stevens has helped United into sixth. That means his value to the club is huge, which, in turn, elevates his transfer fee.

Ben Chilwell has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Alongside George Baldock, the Blades’ wing-back pair have directly been involved in eight Premier League goals. This is the same number as Leicester pair Ricardo Pereira and Chilwell.

Enda Stevens is a class act and continually improving. He’s a full international and a regular for Ireland.

While he might make a perfect signing for Leicester if they do lose their left-back, the Blades have every right to demand a huge fee.


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