Championship outfit Sheffield United are now focusing their efforts on recruiting a new right wing-back after seeing Reda Khadra seal his loan move to Bramall Lane yesterday, according to a report from The Star.
The Blades could see existing option Jayden Bogle spend the first three months of the season on the sidelines – and this presents a problem for manager Paul Heckingbottom who is stacked with available options on the left-hand side but not the right.
At this stage, George Baldock is the 44-year-old’s only recognised orthodox option in this area, even though Ben Osborn could potentially fill in as a versatile option for the United despite usually operating on the left-hand side.
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Despite Osborn’s presence, the Sheffield Star have confirmed this is an area they are desperate to address and a list of targets have already been drawn up, though it remains to be seen whether sufficient funds will be released from the club’s board for Heckingbottom to land a top target in this area.
Free agent Sean Robertson was previously on trial at Bramall Lane but has since moved on to Derby County after rejecting the opportunity to extend his trial period in South Yorkshire.
However, it looks as though alternatives have been lined up, but it remains to be seen whether they can recruit an option in this area before their opening league game of the season against Watford next Monday.
This is an area that needs to be looked at, though they shouldn’t spend too much on this area considering they already have two accomplished options in Baldock and Bogle when both are fit and available.
Someone like Robertson may have been suitable and he certainly showed his capabilities for the Rams last night so it’s a shame they have seemingly missed out on him – but they have the finances and the infrastructure to lure others to Bramall Lane.
There are other areas that need to be addressed too, so money could be devoted to these areas. The goalkeeping department could certainly benefit from a third senior option with Adam Davies out of action at this stage.
Another option or two in midfield may also provide the Blades with a sufficient amount of depth, with a deeper midfielder option potentially useful if Sander Berge is to be used in a more advanced position.
And up top, they may have a decent number of options but could certainly benefit from having another if Heckingbottom wants to switch to a front two during the 2022/23 season.
Oli McBurnie wasn’t the most prolific player in front of goal last season either, another reason why more firepower could be beneficial in the final third.