It’s a move that has felt like a long time coming, but experienced Algerian midfielder Adlene Guedioura has finally been confirmed as a Sheffield United player.
The 35-year-old has a ton of experience in the Football League, having first moved to England with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2010 before going on to play for Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, Watford and Middlesbrough.
The 63-cap international left Forest for a second time in 2019 and joined Qatari side Al-Gharafa – managed by Slavisa Jokanovic at the time – and he’s linked up with the Serb yet again at Bramall Lane.
Guedioura has been training with the Blades for three weeks and a deal to sign him was reportedly close last week, per Alan Nixon.
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That deal has now been completed with the experienced midfielder penning a contract until the end of the 2021-22 season and he will provide even more depth, competing with the likes of Sander Berge, Oli Norwood, John Fleck and Conor Hourihane for a place in Jokanovic’s side.
Speaking out for the first time as a Blades player, Guedioura told the club’s official media team: “I’m very pleased to have signed and I can’t wait to play for the team.
“It’s something special for me to come back to the UK, so I am really happy.
“I’d like to thank the manager and the club for allowing me to come to train and have the opportunity to show what I can do.
“I am really happy to end up with a contract now until the end of the season, so I am up for the challenge and ready to start.”
In a way it is somewhat of a surprise that Guedioura has been given a contract with United, simply because of the amount of bodies they now have in midfield.
The Algerian adds to Burke, Fleck, Norwood, Hourihane and even Ben Osborn can cover in that position as well, although the latter looks to now be seen as a winger.
Guedioura could feasibly be seen as fifth choice in that position but he’s a player that Jokanovic clearly trusts from his two years at Al-Gharafa but also the fact he signed him for Watford in 2014 as well.
He will be more than happy to do his bit to try and get the Blades up the table but it could be a hard task for him to find regular minutes at Bramall Lane.