Date: 17th July 2019 at 5:37pm
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Last night Sheffield United were beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, and the result highlighted how badly the Blades need a striker.

The Blades opened the scoring through, captain, Billy Sharp – as he powered in a header from Enda Stevens’ cross. Chris Wilder’s side had numerous chances to double their lead through, new signing, Luke Freeman and John Fleck whom both hit the woodwork.

Burton made the Blades pay and equalised before half-time thanks to John Brayford who netted from a corner.

In the second half, Wilder introduced another new signing in Callum Robinson, and he looked lively creating a good opportunity for Leon Clarke, but the Blades could not find a way through and in the last minute Marcus Harness picked out the top corner to condemn Wilder’s side to defeat.

What is clear from this result is that the Blades need to sign a striker to support Sharp and David McGoldrick – Sharp has only made two Premier League appearances and McGoldrick has never played in the top flight.

Wilder knows his side need some attacking options and has made a bid for Swansea’s Ollie McBurnie – who scored 24 goals last season for the Swans. The Welsh club, however, are holding out for over £20m and have rejected the Blades’ first offer.

News emerged today of a fee been agreed for Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset – the Frenchman is 23 and has made 58 Premier League appearances, however, he has only scored three goals.

The other target that Wilder has is Brentford’s Neal Maupay who is 22 and scored a staggering 28 goals for the Bees last season – he is also said to be keen on the move to South Yorkshire.

Signing any of these three strikers would be a boost to Wilder, and though none of them have a proven record in the Premier League, they are young, and Wilder could develop them into top-flight players.

The addition of any of these would also take a lot of pressure off of Sharp and McGoldrick.

 

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