Who is Alex Baptiste? Five facts about Sheffield United's new recruit

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Sheffield United have signed Middlesbrough's Alex Baptiste on loan.

Sheffield United have strengthened their promotion-chasing squad with the loan signing of Middlesbrough defender Alex Baptiste, but what do we know about the Blades' new recruit?

Here are five facts to get you up to speed:

1) The 30-year-old suffered a double leg fracture just 22 minutes into his Boro debut against York City in July - exactly a week after arriving at the club from Bolton Wanderers - and had been expected to miss the entire campaign.

2) He is predominantly a right-back, although he can also operate at the heart of defence if required.

3) You may remember him from Blackpool's sole season in the Premier League. He scored the fourth goal in the Tangerines' 4-0 win at Wigan on the opening day, and was a teammate of current Blades Chris Basham and Mark Howard at Bloomfield Road.

4) Baptiste featured 21 times in England's top flight and has over 200 Championship and 150 League Two appearances to his name. However, incredibly, he is yet to play in League One.

5) He was a play-off winner with Blackpool and can hopefully bring that experience to Bramall Lane, should the Blades make it to Wembley again (and provided he stays until then). He was also a play-off loser, but we'll not talk about that.

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