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3 aerial duels won per game: Why 22-goal striker is ideally suited for Sheffield United ahead of Championship rival

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It’s sure to be a very busy summer at Bramall Lane as Chris Wilder looks to bring in quality additions to help his Sheffield United side survive in the Premier League.

And, it appears that signing a striker is a priority for the Blades, with the Sheffield Star revealing that Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie and Brentford’s Neal Maupay are two names the Yorkshire side are considering.

As our graphic shows, both enjoyed super individual seasons last time out, with the Scottish forward hitting 22 goals for the Swans, whilst Maupay got 25 for the Bees.

When you consider that the Frenchman also weighed in with an impressive eight assists, twice as many as McBurnie, you would think that he is the player the Blades should pursue as their main target.

However, if you look a little more into their stats from last season you can make the case that the former Barnsley man is more suited to Wilder’s team.

Whilst Sheffield United are by no means a long-ball team, they are direct and they do look to get the ball forward quickly and that may be forced on them next season in the Premier League, where they will more than likely have less possession than the opposition for most games.

Therefore, the fact that Maupay only won 0.6 aerial duels on average per game, compared to McBurnie’s 3, suggests he may not be the right man to lead the line.

The 22-year-old Scot also had his excellent goal record despite having less shots at goal per game than the Brentford man, which shows he is perhaps more clinical in front of goal.

There’s no doubt that both of these players would improve the Blades squad a lot but Wilder needs to sign someone who is ready to battle and do a lot more work off the ball to keep the side in the top-flight and that may give McBurnie the edge.

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