Sheffield United fans should hope their club are the side who have made an enquiry about Preston North End’s Callum Robinson.
The Lancashire Post reports that Preston have received interest from the Premier League in Robinson. However, the fee the enquirers had in mind fell well below the Lilywhites’ valuation of the attacker.
Robinson is about to enter the final year of his current contract at Deepdale. The 24-year-old is understood to be considering his options; with a move to the top flight an understandably appealing one.
It is unknown who the club are who enquired about Robinson. Bournemouth have previously been linked with the forward, though.
Why Sheffield United should target Callum Robinson
It should come as little surprise there has been interest in Robinson. The Republic of Ireland international finished as Preston’s top scorer in 2018/19, despite only playing 28 games.
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Even though Robinson is not an out-and-out striker he scored 13 goals in all competitions. Unfortunately for him and his team a hamstring injury ruled him out for a large chunk of the campaign.
Those unfamiliar with Robinson may look at his statistics and question why the Blades would be interested. Not because of his scoring stats, but because he is listed as a left winger.
In Chris Wilder’s 3-4-1-2 system the width is supplied by wing-backs. Yet, in truth, Robinson is far more versatile than a traditional wide man.
Like Mark Duffy – the Blades’ current number ten – the Aston Villa youth product generally operates around the left side of the box. Rather than hugging the touchline, Robinson often cuts inside or even ends up in the box himself. Hence his impressive scoring record.
This suggests that Robinson could compete with Duffy in attacking midfield, or even act as a secondary striker alongside Billy Sharp or David McGoldrick.