No matter how people view this Sheffield United squad heading into the summer, most fans would agree that filling the void left by Morgan Gibbs-White is a priority for the Blades.
Gibbs-White was exceptional for United last season. Rarely has a loan player enamoured themselves with the Bramall Lane faithful like the Wolves youngster did. His all round play, not to mention his consistent goal and assist contributions, ensure ‘MGW’ has his own special place in United history.
However, the task for United and Paul Heckingbottom now is to try – somehow – to replace him. Doing so will be a tough ask. Do the Blades try and sign a seasoned pro, proven at Championship level? Or do we take a punt again, and look to a young up and coming Premier League player to take us forward.
The likelihood of it being the latter is higher than the former. And if that is the case, then Tottenham youngster, Troy Parrott, could be the man for United to turn towards.
Troy Parrott Fits The Bill For Sheffield United
Football.London has reported this week that Parrott is to depart Tottenham in the summer. After spending last season on loan with MK Dons in League One, a host of Championship clubs – including former boss Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough – are keen on the Ireland forward.
Despite Parrott apparently being keen to impress Antonio Conte, he is also accepting of another year out on loan, before then chancing his arm in the Spurs first-team down the line. And while United aren’t specifically mentioned as a potential suitor, Parrott does tick a lot of boxes.
Much like Gibbs-White, Parrott – who was lauded as ‘sensational‘ last season is comfortable in a number of positions at the top of the pitch. For MK, he played as a striker and a number ten, demonstrating the ability to hold the ball when needed and drive at defenders from deep as well. He hit double figures for goals, while adding a further seven assists. In his last three games for the Republic of Ireland, he’s scored twice and laid on another.
Certainly, the talent is there with Troy Parrott. At just 20-years-old, of course there is a rawness to him. But on the flipside, this is a player who already has 13 caps for his country. And with Enda Stevens and John Egan known to him, that could play into United’s favour.
An attacking quintet at Bramall Lane of Sharp, Brewster, Ndiaye, McBurnie and Parrott would be exciting. If the Blades can get their name in the hat for the Tottenham man, then it’s a deal that makes plenty of sense.