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Huddersfield Town are reportedly fielding a sea of Premier League interest in Lewis O’Brien.
It’s reported by Football Insider that Crystal Palace and Newcastle United have an eagerness to sign the 22-year-old, as do Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield United.
Here, our writers discuss that interest from the Blades…
This doesn’t surprise me.
I’ve been really impressed with O’Brien’s progression at Huddersfield and you feel he has so much more room to grow and develop as a player.
The 22-year-old is a neat and tidy central midfielder who has an impressive passing range, whilst is not afraid to do the dirty work and get stuck in.
O’Brien also has nous in the attacking third and has the ability to provide pin-point through-balls for attackers to latch onto.
With Sheffield United in a perilous position in the top-flight at the moment, it does make sense to have an eye on players who are impressing in the second tier and O’Brien fits into that category.
For me, O’Brien strikes me as someone who could come into replace John Lundstram or Ollie Norwood, and provide an effective, long-term solution.
The Terriers won’t want to part ways with O’Brien easily though.
O’Brien would definitely fit the bill for the Blades in a number of ways.
For one the 22-year-old wouldn’t have to be uprooted from Yorkshire – a long move away from home can be unsettling for a young player sometimes but if Sheffield United were to make a big play for O’Brien then that wouldn’t be the case.
As for on the pitch, O’Brien is not only a creative player but an energetic one, and whilst you can’t lack United’s lack of effort, their cutting edge in the final third this season has been majorly lacking.
With John Lundstram on the way out and Oliver Norwood not getting any younger, a move for O’Brien would make a whole lot of sense – but with the Blades unlikely to survive another season in the Premier League it’s unclear whether or not Chris Wilder will be able to spend any significant fees in this window.
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He’d fit their system really well, in my eyes, and we know that the Blades like to look to the Championship to add talent to their squad.
At 22, O’Brien would be a fantastic long-term investment for Chris Wilder’s side and I think he’s got the quality to play a part now as well.
That said, I just can’t see Huddersfield letting him go.
He’s one of their brightest talents and still has a while left on his current deal. Add to that he’s been a mainstay in their side and it’s simply not a move that makes sense to me.