News of a potentially season-ending injury for Jack O’Connell has rocked Sheffield United, with Chris Wilder openly admitting he needs to look to bring in a replacement.
Jack Robinson stood in well against Leeds and Enda Stevens can drop in if needed. But Wilder is fully aware how important ‘JoC’ is to the cause, and admitted he can’t rely on having Robinson there all season.
So after reportedly submitting a list of players to the board who Wilder thinks can come in to do the job, just who does the Blades boss have in mind?
With that, we’ve taken a look at THREE potential signings Wilder could make to replace Jack O’Connell.
Jake Cooper – Millwall
If Wilder wants to look for a permanent signing and someone who can come in and do the job, then Jake Cooper might be a decent option from Millwall.
The 25-year-old has been a mainstay for the Lions for a number of seasons now, playing over 150 times for Millwall to add to over 50 appearances at Reading.
In terms of someone who has served their time in the Championship and might fancy the step up, Cooper could be right in the mould of what Wilder is looking for.
Joe Rodon – Swansea City
Rodon has been linked with United for a while now and could represent a good option. The big issue here, is that Swansea have previously demanded around £20m for their man, which in this climate, we’ve no chance of matching.
The other issue is Rodon is right-footed. It’s pretty apparent Wilder wants a left-footer to fill the void, otherwise Ethan Ampadu would probably just step in if Robinson was dropped.
Still, Rodon is a fine young defender. But one that’s probably out of reach for now.
Diego Rico – Bournemouth
Rico played predominantly as a left-back for the Cherries in the Premier League but has started this season, conveniently, on the left side of a three at the back.
Adam Smith played wide of him against Norwich last weekend, so Rico could represent a decent enough short-term option for Wilder and the Blades.
Bournemouth have sold a hatful of players this summer and will probably want to keep Rico. But in terms of someone who fits the exact position we’re looking for and can get forward, the Spaniard is suitable.