Sheffield United have completed the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jack Robinson.

The Blades have landed Robinson on a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old becomes the club’s second new addition of the January transfer window after Jack Rodwell.

Manager Chris Wilder has pointed to the fact that Robinson can play in a number of roles as a reason for bringing him in. The Liverpool academy product would be comfortable at left wing-back or, more importantly, as the left-sided centre-back in Wilder’s 3-5-2 system.

It also maintains United’s tendency to target Championship players whom they believe can make the step up to the Premier League. Since being promoted to the top flight they have signed five from the second tier.

Rodwell’s last club was also Blackburn Rovers, whom he left in the summer before arriving at Bramall Lane as a free agent.

What Sheffield United and Forest fans think of Jack Robinson

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Robinson is likely to be viewed as a squad player, even if Wilder insists he hasn’t been signed to simply make up the numbers.

It is hardly a transfer likely to seriously excite supporters. Yet as these Blades fans point out, many of their signings since the 52-year-old became boss in May 2016 probably fall into the same category.

Current first team stars, such as George Baldock, Jack O’Connell, Enda Stevens and John Fleck, were hardly marquee additions. But all have greatly exceeded expectations and are now invaluable.

Meanwhile, these Forest supporters think Wilder may have made another shrewd decision.

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