Sheffield United will be eager to put the disappointment of play-off heartbreak behind them and start building towards a successful 2022/23 Championship campaign.
Edged out of the second-tier play-offs on penalties, the Blades now have the rest of the summer to strengthen with Paul Heckingbottom at the helm.
The Yorkshire club displayed excellent form under Heckingbottom’s stewardship, with the 44-year-old taking charge at Bramall Lane back in November, after Slavisa Jokanovic found it difficult to ease the transition from a poor Premier League campaign into the Championship.
Given their turn of form under Heckingbottom, and the natural expectations placed on the club, Sheffield United are likely to be pushing for automatic promotion next season, meaning that they will be hopeful that their recruitment matches that ambition.
Here, we take a look at three potential transfer scenarios that could play out early into the summer transfer window at Bramall Lane…
IN: Morgan Gibbs-White
Morgan Gibbs-White returning to Yorkshire would be a real sign of intent and an excellent boost for their 2022/23 campaign.
Proving to be a creative genius, and an important source of goals, the Wolves loanee has excelled with the Blades, showing Premier League quality for the most part.
However, it remains to be seen if he will be a part of Bruno Lage’s plans at the Midlands club, which could pave the way for Sheffield United to step in.
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IN: Elliot Anderson
If it becomes immediately apparent that a move for Gibbs-White might be difficult to complete, then they could turn their full attention to Elliot Anderson.
The exciting Newcastle United starlet has enjoyed a productive loan spell with Bristol Rovers during the second half of last season, proving to be at least a level above.
Attracting plenty of interest as a result, the Blades are one of the sides that are currently in pursuit, and if Gibbs-White’s time at the club is anything to go by, then Newcastle could be inclined to trust them with the next stage of his development.
It is likely that Anderson will be playing Championship football one way or another next year.
OUT: Daniel Jebbison (loan)
It remains to be seen what the immediate plan with Daniel Jebbison might be, with a top-end League One move perhaps a good step to bridge the gap from third-tier mediocrity to the top of the second tier.
A really exciting prospect that the Blades have on their hands, a temporary departure for the 22/23 season could be what is needed.
Equally, Heckingbottom could look to keep him close to the first team next season, in hope he can benefit from the environment at Sheffield United.