Huddersfield Town have recently completed a deal to sign Richard Stearman from Sheffield United on an 18-month deal at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Stearman struggled for game time with Chris Wilder’s side in the Premier League this term, which is completely understandable given the impressive showings from the likes of John Egan and Jack O’Connell.
This meant that Stearman was restricted to just three appearances for the Blades, all of which came in cup competitions this season.
So, it seems as though his departure from Bramall Lane is the best move for both parties involved this month, and he could prove to be a smart addition for Danny Cowley’s Huddersfield side.
The experienced defender made 17 appearances for Sheffield United in their promotion-winning season in 2018/19, so it’s clear to see that he can cut it in the Championship.
In fact, Stearman has spent the majority of his career in the second tier of English football, so Danny Cowley will surely be pleased to have acquired his signature on a short-term basis.
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He had three seasons in the Premier League early into his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, before signing a three-year deal with Championship side Fulham in 2015.
Stearman only spent one full season with the Cottagers though, and departed in favour of a move to Sheffield United in 2017.
The defender made 30 appearances for the Blades in his first season with the club, but as previously mentioned, failed to build on that heading into his second season with the club in 2018/19.
But he certainly enjoyed his time at Bramall Lane, with footage emerging of Stearman drinking with his Sheffield United team-mates in their promotion party after returning to the Premier League.
Stearman will be hoping he can recapture his best form for Huddersfield, and if he can do that, then you have to feel as though they’ll survive in the Championship this season.
New additions were certainly needed in Danny Cowley’s squad during the January transfer window, and Stearman will provide the Terriers with much-needed depth in defensive areas for the foreseeable future.