With the summer transfer window now open for Championship clubs, it will be interesting to see if Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic decides to make any drastic changes to his squad.
The Blades parted ways with four players earlier this month and are currently in negotiations with Kean Bryan over a new deal for the defender.
Yet to agree to new terms at Bramall Lane, the current 24-year-old contract is expected to expire later this month and it has been recently linked with a passage to the German side Schalke.
However, whether or not Bryan chooses to end his stint with the Blades, Jokanovic could potentially be on the hunt for a new center-back as he looks to provide additional competition to John Egan, Chris Basham and Jack O. ‘Connel.
According to The Star, United are still reportedly interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Dion Sanderson on a permanent deal after initially being linked with a move earlier this year.
The 21-year-old, whose current contract at Molineux is expected to last until 2022, spent the previous campaign on loan at Sunderland.
While Sanderson couldn’t stop the Black Cats from suffering the loss to Lincoln City in the playoffs due to a back injury, he showed real signs of promise during his time at the club.
After making 26 league appearances for Sunderland, the defender has been named the club’s Young Player of the Season by his supporters.
With the Black Cats looking to secure Sanderson’s services this summer, United will need to act decisively if they are to secure a deal.
A Football Insider report in March revealed Wolves may be willing to sell the defender for an estimated amount of around Â£ 2million.
Joshua Cole of GIVEMESPORT says …
This could prove to be a masterstroke from Jokanovic, as Sanderson unquestionably has the potential to become a class operator at this level.
A key Sunderland player last season, the six-foot-two defender averaged a respectable WhoScored Game Score of 6.72 in third tier and placed in the top-five at the Stadium of Light in clearances (2 , 7 per game) and blocks (0.5 per game).
Provided he’s able to adjust to life in the Championship, there’s no reason Sanderson can’t help the Blades achieve relative success in the next campaign.
The arrival of the defender could also force Egan, Basham and O’Connell to step up their performances which will have a positive impact on the club’s fortunes.
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