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Opinion: Sheffield United should consider adding 53-cap international to their midfield this summer

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With less than a week to go until their 2022-23 season begins, Sheffield United could still do with adding some players in a variety of positions before the summer transfer window slams shut on September 1.

The Blades have been looking to replenish their options following their Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Nottingham Forest over two months ago, and so far they have made four additions to their ranks.

Three of those have been temporary ones, with loan deals sorted for Manchester City midfielder Tommy Doyle, experienced Newcastle United centre-back Ciaran Clark and exciting attacker Reda Khadra from Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Added to that is the permanent acquisition of Swedish defender Anel Ahmedhodzic from Malmo for a significant fee, so head coach Paul Heckingbottom has covered multiple bases.

More could be done however in the coming weeks, and it all depends on what system he decides to operate going forward.

Currently, United have a lack of fit striking options – Rhian Brewster is the only real senior out-and-out centre-forward, with Billy Sharp working his way back from a calf injury and Oli McBurnie still sidelined.

The best way to line-up could be for two supporting attacking midfielders to play off a lone striker, with Sander Berge excelling last season in a more advanced role towards the end of the campaign, and new recruit Khadra is also an option there, as is Iliman Ndiaye.

With a lot of football to be played though in a packed schedule due to the mid-season FIFA World Cup, there’s always room for another attacking midfielder, and if the Blades want to add some more international experience to the mix then they could look no further than Tom Rogic.

Now 29 years old, Rogic has spent the previous nine years with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, having joined in 2013 from Central Coast Marines.

Rogic has been capped 53 times by the Australian national team and he’s won a hatful of trophies with the Hoops, but he decided that this summer was the time to move on after winning a sixth league title at Parkhead.

It was a season where he played a major part as well, featuring 32 times and scoring six goals under his countryman Ange Postecoglou, but his time at Celtic Park is now over.

Having been a free agent for a month now, Rogic still hasn’t been snapped up, but reports suggest that he has turned down moves to clubs in his home nation and also a big offer from Indonesia.

Surely a move to England though would be tempting, especially to a club that will be gunning for promotion from the Championship – which is what the Blades will be doing.

Adding Rogic as an option as well as having Berge, Khadra and Ndiaye would give Paul Heckingbottom food for thought and certainly a lot of strength in depth this season, and would mean that Morgan Gibbs-White had been adequately replaced.

Of course, Rogic may not be interested in a move to the Championship, but if you don’t ask then you certainly don’t get.


25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Opinion: Sheffield United should consider adding 53-cap international to their midfield this summer

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