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Sheffield United should make a move for this international striker ahead of their Championship return



Sheffield United are on their way back to the Sky Bet Championship in style, having coasted to promotion and the League One title in recent weeks.

Chris Wilder overcame a difficult start to life at Bramall Lane, to eventually lead the Blades back to the second-tier for the first time since 2011.

Key to the club’s success this season has been Billy Sharp, who has led by example in South-Yorkshire, captaining the Blades to promotion.

Sharp is also the top scoring striker in English football, with his goal in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Chesterfield, his 30th of the season.

The 31-year old has experience of playing in the Championship, but his most recent campaign in the second-tier, with Leeds United during the 2014/15 season, saw Sharp only score five goals.

Leon Clarke, another player with Championship experience, has supported Sharp with seven league goals this season- with the majority of those coming during the run-in.

However, it is likely Wilder will look to bolster his attacking options during the summer, ahead of the Blades’ Championship return.

One player Wilder might be interested in bringing to Bramall Lane is Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty, who has been made a free agent by Norwich City this week.

Lafferty has not had the most prolific season in the Championship with the Canaries, finding the net on just one occasion in the league.

Lafferty has been limited to just 12 substitute appearances in the Championship, but has proved whilst on international duty that he is a more than capable striker, helping Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016 and putting them in contention for the World Cup next year.

The 29-year old spent time with Birmingham City in the Championship last season, and has experience playing for Rangers in Scottish Premier League.

After Sharp’s goalscoring exploits in League One this season, it would be impossible to call for Lafferty to replace the Blades’ captain.

Bringing Lafferty to Bramall Lane could provide Wilder with an alternative to Sharp, or an excellent partner in the manager’s favoured 3-5-2 formation.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Sheffield United should make a move for this international striker ahead of their Championship return

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