For Sheffield United, much of their preparation this summer for a first return to the Premier League in 12 years will focus on finding the balance between the current squad, and bringing in new recruits to strengthen their side as they look to remain in the top tier for longer than the single season spell they lasted the previous time.
Having spent big only for it to backfire badly this season, Fulham’s own catastrophic return to the top flight this season looks set to serve as a warning as a complete summer overhaul for the Championship’s three promotion winning sides.
It does however seem increasingly likely that there is one transfer in the summer Sheffield United must look to make happen.
In fairness, Dean Henderson will be far from an unfamiliar face around Bramall Lane following his hugely successful season long loan from Manchester United this campaign.
Having put in an impressive string of performances to win the Championship’s Golden Glove and help secure The Blades’ Premier League return, a move to bring Henderson back to the club seems a sensible thing to do, following the latest comments from Henderson’s current manager.
Speaking about Henderson’s future next season, Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted: “For him to play a year in the Premier League might be the best thing.”
This will surely have raised a few eyebrows around Bramall Lane. Henderson himself has already made it clear he wants to return to Yorkshire next season, and with both sides now apparently happy for the move to take place, it seems inevitable that Henderson will return to Bramall Lane.
As well as being a popular move with all parties, this also seems like a sensible.
With Henderson having first proved himself in League One with Shrewsbury and then in the Championship this season with Sheffield United, the obvious progression next season is to the Premier League; Manchester United meanwhile will get the chance to assess Henderson in the top flight without any risk to themselves; and Sheffield United will head into the top flight without having to worry about a replacement for Henderson, giving them another season at least to find exactly that.
With so many clubs looking to strengthen and offers constantly being made, things will often change more than once throughout the course of the summer transfer window. Henderson’s return to Bramall Lane, however, feels like something that those involved should look to confirm sooner rather than later.