The countdown to the start of the Sky Bet Championship season is well underway now, with less than two weeks until league football returns.
Sheffield United’s fans will be up there with the most excited in the country, as the South Yorkshire outfit return to the second-tier for the first time since 2011, under Chris Wilder.
Wilder has done a significant amount of business over the summer, preparing his squad for the challenge the Championship will hand his players and the Blades will be particularly pleased with the addition of Richard Stearman, who was described as the club’s “number one target.”
However, Wilder has now been forced back into the transfer market following Simon Moore’s knee injury, which leaves the Blades desperately short in the goalkeeping department.
One player Wilder could turn his attention to is Middlesbrough’s Dimi Konstantopoulos, who is set for another year as second choice, following Darren Randolph’s arrival at the Riverside Stadium.
Konstantopoulos at 38 would offer Wilder’s side bags of experience, in a position that is vital to any team looking to be successful in the Championship.
The goalkeeper has made over 300 career appearances, and was influential for Boro in their last spell in the Championship, featuring in every league fixture as the Teessiders were promoted during the 2015/16 campaign.
Konstantopoulos has agreed a one-year contract extension at the Riverside Stadium, but with Randolph’s addition, his opportunities looks set to be limited under Garry Monk over the next 12-months.
If Wilder can lure the goalkeeper to Bramall Lane either on-loan or on a short-term contract, with the promise of regular football in Moore’s absence, he would be an excellent addition ahead of the Blades’ return to the Championship.