Time is now for Blades to strike for Ollie Watkins...but Rico Henry would also be a shrewd signing
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Time is now for Blades to strike for Ollie Watkins...but Rico Henry would also be a shrewd signing

Brentford agonisingly missed out on promotion last night as Fulham saw them off at Wembley 2-1, a result that could mean Thomas Frank ends up losing a number of quality players in the summer.

The likes of Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins are the two main players who will be of concern for Bees fans. Indeed, top Premier League clubs are sniffing around Benrahma, while Watkins is a player admired by Sheffield United.

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Watkins, who smashed in 26 goals this season in the Championship, is a man in-demand. And it’s not just for his goals either. The 24-year-old has shown impressive athleticism, speed, and a knowhow of how to play the central strikers role to perfection at Championship level.

However, while Watkins and Benrahma have taken the majority of the headlines, other Bees stars have impressed.


One of those to be a consistent performer is left-back, Rico Henry. The 23-year-old has been impressive once more down at Griffin Park, continuing the fine form he has shown since arriving from Walsall.

Could it be, then, that the Blades and Chris Wilder take a look at Henry as a potential signing? There’s certainly scope to suggest why he’d be useful.

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Ben Osborn has done well when called upon but Enda Stevens needs pushing properly

Make no bones about it, United need players to push members of the squad who are comfortable in their positions. Chris Wilder has said as much, too, and the emerging interest in Matty Cash is a sign of that when you think about George Baldock.

It makes sense, then, that United look at the opposite flank, too. Enda Stevens was exceptional all season but did drop off a little bit following the restart. Ben Osborn, too, while versatile, is not a natural left-back or wing-back.

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The addition of someone like Rico Henry, then, could provide the sort of competition Stevens needs. He’d bring natural balance to the left-hand side and is as robust as they come, having played 49 times this season.

Furthermore, he brings pace, attacking prowess, and the engine needed to adapt to Wilder’s ways of playing.

So, while Ollie Watkins would be the pick of the bunch for United at Brentford, moving for Henry would be a smart play too.

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