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“I really like the look of this” – Sheffield United eye Chelsea transfer move: The verdict



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…

Sheffield United have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Jake Clarke-Salter, with the Sun reporting an interest from the Yorkshire club.

The defender has spent the season on loan with Coventry City, where he made 29 league appearances this season.

The Blades are hoping to strengthen their defence, so have enquired about the availability of the 24-year old, who is out of contract this summer but retains a 12-month extension clause in his deal with the Blues.

Here, we ask our FLW writers their verdict on whether the centre-back would be a good addition to the Sheffield United side… 

Ned Holmes

I really like the look of this.

At 24, Jake Clarke-Salter already has a lot of experience under his belt and represents fantastic value on a free transfer. 

United have got some ageing defenders and the Chelsea man’s arrival could help to freshen up the backline.

I’m not 100% convinced he’s a Premier League level defender right now but he could certainly get there. 

Even so, the opportunity to sign him without paying a transfer fee is not something that they should turn down.

Billy Mulley

Jake Clarke-Salter has enjoyed a good season of progression at Coventry City, with it being no surprise that the Sky Blues, as well as the likes of Sheffield United and Leeds United are monitoring his situation. 

Out of contract at Chelsea in the summer, it remains to be seen what the next move might be but Sheffield United stands out as a really good possible destination. 

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Clarke-Salter would represent an upgrade on Jack Robinson and Ben Davies, and whilst Robinson’s commitment and defensive capabilities cannot be questioned, it is the 24-year-old’s ball progression that would be of great benefit to the Blades. 

The young defender also has a high ceiling, so if the Blades do secure Premier League football and he is not deemed quite ready, there is scope for the club to be patient. 

Marcus Ally

Jake Clarke-Salter on a free transfer would certainly fit in with how Sheffield United are looking to operate in the transfer market, and the 24-year-old has looked comfortable in a three at the back system at Coventry City this term.

The former England U21 international is not a promotion pushing central defender at Championship level and has flattered to deceive on loan in the EFL, while seeing out a very long contract at Stamford Bridge. 

Bringing him in on a free would be smart business, but Clarke-Salter should not be first choice at Bramall Lane next season even if they are still in the Championship under Paul Heckingbottom. 

With only two centre backs at the club with contracts going into next season, Clarke-Salter would be a good signing in adding to the depth of the squad.

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Article title: “I really like the look of this” – Sheffield United eye Chelsea transfer move: The verdict

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