Ruben Lameiras is a summer target for the Blades as Chris Wilder looks to improve his side ahead of next season.
Sheffield United finished in 10th place in their first season back in the Championship, but it was a relatively disappointing end to the season because they looked on course to finish in the top six at the very least for a large part of the season.
Lameiras had a similar season with Plymouth because they finished in seventh place in their first season back in League One. However, they had to wait until the final day before finding out that they hadn’t finished in the play-offs as they were unable to beat Gillingham.
The Portuguese attacking midfielder often played as part of a front three for Plymouth with Graham Carey having the main creative responsibilities for the team. However, Lameiras supplemented him well with nine goals and six assists in 34 league games.
He only had 29 shots, not including blocked shots, so he was efficient with shooting and decision-making in the final third. Altogether he averaged a goal every 356.7 minutes or just under every four games, which is a good rate for a creative player.
Lameiras’ importance extended to keeping the ball in tight areas and aiding progression by winning 30 fouls at key moments. Therefore, he can act as an outlet for his team when they are under periods of sustained pressure.
He would be excellent option for Wilder to add to the team because he would provide an alternative to Mark Duffy and David Brooks in the attacking midfield role, assuming that he doesn’t see Lameiras as a replacement for one of those if they are deemed surplus to requirements or get poached by another club.
Lameiras is ready for the next step in his career and United’s system would aid his transition to the league and help bring the best out of him.