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‘Downgrade’, ‘Underwhelming’ – Sheffield United seal agreement: The verdict

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Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of Conor Washington on a free transfer.

Washington was released by Queens Park Rangers, having fallen down the pecking order following the arrivals of Tomer Hemed and Nahki Wells on loan from Brighton and Burnley respectively.

Sheffield United are hoping the Northern Ireland international can provide competition for places with Billy Sharp, Leon Clarke and David McGoldrick.

But is he a good signing? Our FLW writers have their say…

Jay Williams

This is an underwhelming signing for the Blades.

Sharp has had a good start to the season but his partner up front is far from decided with Clarke and McGoldrick both starting in relatively slow fashion.

Washington’s goal record is poor at QPR and this is a disappointing signing, having been linked with Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan earlier this summer.

Sam Rourke

I’m torn on this.

On the one hand, Washington has looked distinctly average since arriving at QPR in 2016, not hitting the heights that was expected of him.

However, at his former club Peterborough, he showcased his goalscoring pedigree, albeit it was in League One.

You have to look what Wilder did with Leon Clarke, an EFL journeyman that he transformed into a lethal Championship striker last year.

Don’t write this deal off just yet.

Alfie Burns

This is a bizarre one.

I can’t see this sitting well with Sheffield United’s supporters at all.

Moving from a target like Scott Hogan to Conor Washington is some downgrade.

In all honesty, I can’t see him getting much football. Wilder should stick with Sharp, Clarke and McGoldrick.

Lee Connor

This signing smacks of desperation for me.

The fact that QPR have signed the likes of Hemed and Wells and the Blades seemingly get the R’s third or fourth choice striker is baffling.

He’s never got going for QPR in all honesty. Wilder must see something in him and must think he can get the best out of Washington, but as a Blades fan, it’s a very, very underwhelming signing.

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