This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Barnsley have emerged as an interested party in Sheffield United’s Max Lowe, according to The Sun on Sunday (22/08, p.59).
The report has named The Tykes, as part of a duo who have joined the race for the 24-year-old, with Reading also registering an interest.
Lowe, who is yet to feature for The Blades this season, is also wanted by Swansea City, as per a report from The Sun on Sunday (15/08, p.63), in a deal that is expected to rely on Jake Bidwell’s future.
The 28-year-old is being monitored by Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough, according to the same report, but it remains to be seen if an offer comes to fruition.
Lowe has featured just eight times for The Blades since his summer move to Yorkshire last year.
With Lowe now on Barnsley’s radar, we asked three of our writers at FLW to jot down their thoughts on this potential move…
Max Lowe would be an excellent addition for Barnsley, the flying left back would slot straight in at Oakwell and give Markus Schopp further tactical flexibility.
If he can depart the current sinking ship at Sheffield United for a top six push at Barnsley then it will be a good move for all parties, with the Blades in desperate need of some new faces.
Lowe’s pace and composed ball manipulation should enable him to contribute for the Tykes, who would then have the option of moving Callum Styles into central midfield, leaving Lowe to compete with Clarke Oduor and Ben Williams for the left back berth.
The depth is already present in Schopp’s ranks however an upgrade at left back or left wing back, where Lowe is also comfortable, would be smart business in looking to back up the club’s fifth placed finish in 2020/21. The 24-year-old is yet to feature for the Blades this term.
This would be a great signing.
Lowe has found it difficult to impress at Bramall Lane since breaking into the team, and he now faces competition from the likes of Ben Osborn and Rhys Norrington-Davies at wing-back.
A move away from the club would definitely be good for him, and joining an expansive, attacking-based side like Barnsley could suit him to a tee.
I think Lowe has all the attributes to thrive at wing-back. He is quick, physical and has plenty of ability to bomb up and down the line and create chances.
He would be a shrewd signing for the Tykes.
This could be a smart signing by the Tykes.
Lowe has experience of playing in the Championship whilst with Derby County, and he’ll be frustrated that he hasn’t featured on a regular basis whilst with Sheffield United.
With the full-back not making a single appearance for the Blades this season, his temporary departure from Bramall Lane seems as though it’s only a matter of time before it’s confirmed.
At the age of 24, Lowe will certainly still feel as though he’s got his best years ahead of him, and if he can find regular game time elsewhere, then his development will still be heading in the right direction.
Barnsley could benefit from adding depth to their defensive options, and they could do far worse than signing Lowe this summer.
But with Swansea City and Reading also believed to be keen on a deal to land his signature, Markus Schopp will know that he faces a tough battle to strike an agreement with Lowe.