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Sheffield United’s target shows an awareness of a major weakness

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Having come so close to the play-offs Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United will be looking for that little extra something that could push them up next year.

The most obvious area that they were deficient in was diversity of goalscorers. This is why their rumoured move for George Maris is promising – as per the Irish Sun. The 22-year-old has notched ten goals for Cambridge in 42 appearances this term.

While Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp notched 19 and 13 respectively, Clayton Donaldson (now released), with five, was the only other player to score more than three. This vulnerability was demonstrated when Leon Clarke missed four games towards the end of the season. This resulting in one win (against Burton), one draw, and two losses with the failure to beat Birmingham and Ipswich ultimately ending their play-off hopes.

That’s why this transfer window the focus must be on securing midfielders who can support the forwards. It is a smart move to go in for George Maris who has shown he knows where the goal is. An attempt to bring in the likes of Shrewsbury’s Jon Nolan (nine goals in League One) or Burton’s Lloyd Dyer (seven goals in the Championship) would not be amiss. As the leap from League Two to the Championship could prove daunting for Maris, it would be an astute move to go in for other similar players to spread the goal-scoring load.

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