Following a magnificent season for Chris Wilder and his squad, this summer will prove to be a very difficult task for Wilder and his backroom staff, as scouting the correct players that will fit into and improve the Blades’ already impressive squad will not be easy.
With that in mind, Wilder has already managed to to secure three signings in Enda Stevens, Nathan Thomas and Ched Evans, although none of these signings have proven their worth in England’s second division, which leaves Blades fans with the question, will they be good enough in the Championship?
Anyhow, a player who would fit straight into United’s squad and Wilder’s system, is Burton Albion’s Jackson Irvine, who is valued at £850k on Transfermarkt.
Irvine signed for Nigel Clough’s Burton at the start of last season, and in his first Championship campaign, not only helped Burton avoid relegation back to the League One, but obtained Burton’s Player of the Season in the process.
The Australian midfielder has also gained international experience, having 10 appearances for Australia, which included him scoring against the United Arab Emirates.
The 24-year-old would be a perfect partner for the Blades current Scottish midfielder John Fleck, covering the defensive duties within midfield, so Fleck can advance more forward on the pitch. But, he would also prove brilliant competition for midfielders such as Paul Coutts and Samir Carruthers.
Whilst, Irvine is a natural defensive midfielder, the Australian isn’t shy in front of goal, as last season he managed 10 goals in 44 appearances, and ended Burton’s top goalscorer.
Additionally, Wilder would surely benefit from the versatility of Irvine, as not only can he be utilised as a defensive midfielder, but Clough sometimes utilised him as an attacking midfielder, which he has proven to be effective. However, earlier in his career Irvine also played as a central defender, which is injuries hit the Blades squad, he could put a shift in.
To conclude, as United’s defender John Brayford was at Burton on-loan last campaign, after admitting his desire to play under Clough, has returned to Bramall Lane, and could possibly be involved in a swap deal for Irvine, if Wilder is happy to sell Brayford.
Blades fans… What do you think? Would you take Irvine at Bramall Lane? Do you think the signing of Irvine is realistic? Let us know in the comments below!