Previous Sheffield United target, Eberechi Eze, is reportedly high on the list for Spurs, with the Londoners looking at completing a £20m move for the midfielder.
Eze has become of the most sought-after midfielders in the Championship in the last 18 months. His form for the R’s this term has been exceptional, too.
He’s already smashed in 12 goals for Rangers and contributed a further eight assists. That form has helped QPR to a comfortable mid-table position when many tipped them as relegation candidates prior to the season.
And that form apparently attracted the attention of Sheffield United. The Blades were linked with a £12m move for Eze during January.
However, with Spurs now launching their own bid and the fee seemingly going up, it looks like United might well be out of the race.
But with Chris Wilder’s men pushing for Europe and continuing to seek to improve the squad, the Blades shouldn’t let Eze slip through their grasp easily.
Attacking midfield options
If there’s one thing missing from the Sheffield United squad at the moment it is a midfield player who can make a big difference in an attacking sense.
Yes, John Fleck has proven capable of adding goals from midfield, while John Lundstram has also contributed this year. However, beyond that, there’s little in attacking players in midfield areas in the squad.
Luke Freeman has drifted in and out of things. Ravel Morrison has moved on after doing nothing. Ben Osborn and Sander Berge, meanwhile, are more defensively minded players.
It goes without saying, then, that since Mark Duffy left in the summer, the Blades have lacked someone in the number ten role.
QPR star Eze, though, could be that man to fill that void and take it to a next level.
Bringing a bit of magic
Certain games this season have cried out for someone in the Blades squad to produce something from nothing. This was evident against the likes of Newcastle United and Brighton at home that United can struggle when teams sit deep.
While performances against those teams were decent enough, the games were crying out for someone to change the flow of the game.
Eze is one of those players with that capability. As mentioned, his goals and assists this season prove he is capable in attacking areas.
Another interesting comparison is Eze’s ability to carry the ball and create. According to Whoscored.com, John Fleck, United’s most influential attacking midfield player, averages 1.6 dribbles per game and 1.2 shots per game. Impressively, Eze trumps Fleck in both of those categories.
The 21-year-old (another plus), is successfully dribbling three times a game and having 2.4 shots per game.
It goes without saying, then, that based on those simple stats alone, Eberechi Eze could be worth the trouble for Sheffield United.