Players from Newcastle United, Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City could make smart additions for Sheffield United.
Footie gaffers often like to stick with what they know and Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder is no different.
The Blades chief has already brought Jake Wright to Bramall Lane, having worked with the defender at Oxford United, and in the past week has been tipped to do likewise with Adam Smith and Ricky Holmes (both ex-Northampton Town).
But which other players, familiar to Wilder, could the 49-year-old target for Sheffield United this summer?
Ivan Toney (Newcastle United)
A player who blossomed after Wilder’s 2014 arrival at Northampton, so much so that Newcastle came calling 18 months later. Toney has spent much of the past two campaigns on loan in League One, at Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United, scoring 13 goals and creating four in 49 appearances. United have already seen the back of Harry Chapman, while Matt Done has been put up for sale, so a pacey forward player like Toney could be of use next term.
John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers)
Before Wilder took him on loan in early 2016, Marquis had failed to score in 13 League Two outings that season. However, the 24-year-old hit six in 15 before the campaign was out, to earn a summer move to Doncaster, and hasn’t looked back. No player scored more goals at that level than Marquis in 2016-17 (26) and with his contract up at the end of next term, he could be on the move if a Championship club comes calling. The Blades aren’t short of options up top, mind.
Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City)
Handed his senior debut in Wilder’s final season at Oxford, O’Dowda was a full international for Ireland before he’d even played above League Two. Signed by Bristol City for £1.25 million shortly after, the left-footed winger only made 15 starts at Championship level last season, which could invite interest from Bramall Lane. As mentioned above, the departures of Chapman and Done would create a vacancy.
Should Sheffield United move for these Newcastle United, Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City stars this summer?