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‘Quite surprising,’ ‘Good signing’ – Sheffield United linked with 32-year-old: Opinion

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Jon Obi Mikel is being linked with a move to one of the promoted Championship teams this summer, with ESPN suggesting Sheffield United have approached him over a deal.

Mikel played the last six months of this season at Middlesbrough, but has now left the club and is looking for a fresh challenge. He’s on African Cup of Nations duty this month, having been recalled to the Nigeria squad for the first time in a year.

The 32-year-old won a Champions League and a Europa League with Chelsea, as well as two Premier League titles and is thought to be coveted by Chris Wilder to help boost the experience in the Bramall Lane dressing room.

They’re preparing for life in the Premier League after finishing second in the Championship and Wilder has a great track record of bringing the best out of his 30-somethings. David McGoldrick, Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp have all enjoyed great success under Wilder in recent years.

Is Mikel a good signing for Sheffield United, or would they be wise to pursue other angles? Our Football League experts discuss the proposed move.

Louie Chandler

“It could work well.

“Sheffield United do not have much Premier League experience in their side at all which could hinder them next season so adding someone like Mikel will surely help.

“Even if it is not on the pitch too often, having him in the dressing room will surely be of use.”

George Harbey

“This is actually quite surprising for me.

“I just don’t see Mikel as a Chris Wilder signing.

“Of course, he’s an experienced Premier League player whose knowhow would be key for the Blades next season, but his wages are likely to be high and some would argue that there are better options out there.”

George Brooks

“I think Mikel would be a good signing for Sheffield United.

“I’m not sure he’d be good enough to start in the Premier League every week, but he’d certainly be a good player to have in the squad.

“He’s a very experienced player and has done well for Middlesbrough in the Championship this season, so he’d be a good signing on a free transfer.”

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