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Sheffield United’s pursuit of 22-goal man surely shuts the door on duo returning

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While fans will continue celebrating the promotion all summer, the hierarchy at Sheffield United are getting prepared for a huge summer where they will look to bolster their squad in order to remain in the Premier League.

It was a remarkable season for the Blades, who achieved automatic promotion despite the odds being stacked against them.

Entering the season, Chris Wilder’s men would’ve settled for the top six, after narrowly missing out on a playoff spot last season.

As the season progressed, however, it became clear United could challenge Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, who faltered in the final months, potentially due to a huge win for Sheffield United at Elland Road.

Videos of the celebrations went viral not just across Sheffield United Twitter, but the whole of football Twitter, with many applauding their entertaining celebrations.

Now though, it is time to plan for the Premier League, because Blades have a huge task on their hands if they are to stay up.

One question Wilder must ask is whether he puts his trust in the players that got him there, or whether he looks elsewhere for talent.

Using examples from last season’s promoted teams – Cardiff put too much trust in the players who won promotion, whereas Fulham were at the other end of the spectrum, signing too many new names. Both were relegated.

A few signings are surely going to be welcome though, and one area that is of interest is the striker role, with Swansea’s Oli McBurnie being heavily linked with the club.

The Sheffield Star says Sheffield United are one of two clubs that could sign McBurnie, with Brighton the other in contention.

Brighton new manager Graham Potter may have some pulling power given his previous ties with McBurnie at Swansea, but the Blades are well in the race for McBurnie, who netted 22 goals this season.

He would be a great signing for Sheffield United, and you could see him netting a few goals for Wilder’s men in the top flight.

Whether it happens or not, it is clear United are in the running for a new striker, and this could shut the door on the return of Gary Madine and Scott Hogan, who were both on loan.

Both impressed in the run-in, but it seems Wilder will search for upgrades as he looks to bolster his Sheffield United squad for life in the Premier League.

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