Under-pressure Sheffield United manager Slavisa Jokanovic wants a combative midfielder and two wingers to arrive in January in an attempt to turn the Blades’ fortunes around in the second half of the season, per The Athletic.
The Yorkshire side have struggled on their return to the second tier of English football following relegation from the Premier League, sitting in 18th position after 18 matches.
It hasn’t been the start to his time in the dugout that Jokanovic would have expected and it’s believed that there was a consideration to dispense of the Serb’s services following a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park over two weeks ago.
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If he makes it to the start of 2022 though with his job still intact, Jokanovic wants to make several additions to his struggling side, and that includes bringing in some new wide players.
Jokanovic switched to a back three against Coventry City due to the fact he’s lacking the options to play in his much favoured 4-2-3-1 system, with Morgan Gibbs-White and Rhian Brewster often playing out of position on the right wing when that formation is used.
A new face in the engine room is also believed to be wanted, with Sander Berge not featuring since mid-September due to a hamstring injury and the current crop of midfielders not performing up to standards.
Despite bringing in a bumper fee for Aaron Ramsdale over the summer, there’s no guarantee that Jokanovic will have the funds to spend that he wants in January.
It was mainly loan deals that were done in August for incoming players but any further additions would surely have to be permanent ones.
Something’s clearly not working out at Bramall Lane right now and you get the feeling that Jokanovic isn’t particularly happy with what he’s got to work with for the most part.
Whether the board stick or twist before the end of the year is another matter in it’s entirety but with the Serb’s successful record at Championship level it would make sense to stick with him and then back him accordingly in January.