Sheffield United’s transfer plans could become clearer this week as Paul Heckingbottom sits down with the board out in Geneva.
Heckingbottom is set to meet Prince Abdullah and Stephen Bettis in the hope of ironing out a few issues. New contracts for existing players need to be sorted. Alongside those new deals, Heckingbottom needs to know what he’ll have to spend and just who he can start making moves for.
It’s expected that the net spend will be low. Loans and frees could form a big part of Heckingbottom’s plans.
And one player due to be released who could be of interest is Manchester United man, Axel Tuanzebe.
Tuanzebe a player with huge potential
According to The Sun, Tuanzebe is among a number of Man United players due to be released this summer.
The 25-year-old has had a torrid time of things in recent years. Initially regarded as being nailed on to cement a first-team spot at Old Trafford, injuries have ruined his progress.
Lauded by Luke Shaw as a player who has ‘everything’, Tuanzebe has spent the last few seasons out on loan.
“I think Axel is unbelievable,” the left-back said. “I think the talent he’s got is frightening. He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s energetic, he reads the game well, he’s a good passer of the ball, he’s got everything,” Shaw said.
“For me, his main position is probably central defender. I think if he nails down one place, it will be central defender. But like I said, he’s got everything and he’s still very young.”
Tuanzebe played his best football while on loan at Aston Villa. This season has seen injuries wreck his chances of making an impression at Stoke.
Could Sheffield United look at Axel Tuanzebe?
For the Blades, carefully plotting our way through the summer window and going for the right players is crucial.
Heckingbottom is going to need at least five or six new faces. And if those contracts aren’t sorted for existing players, then it might need to be more.
With Tuanzebe, it’s a signing that comes with an element of risk. Those injuries seems to have ruined his progress.
However, there is clearly a player in there and at 25, all is not lost for the soon to be ex-Manchester United man.
Seen as a dominating defender who is more than comfortable with the ball, Tuanzebe could shine if he can indeed regain full fitness.
On a free transfer, and if he’s willing to accept a lower-end Premier League contract in terms of wages, it’s a move that could work out for all parties.
Certainly, Tuanzebe is a player the Blades could take a look at. And given we are now in the top-flight, we will surely hold some appeal to the 25-year-old.