Date: 24th July 2019 at 6:47pm
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Sheffield United have done some decent business in the transfer window.

Signing a player like Phil Jagielka with Premier League experience is important, and shows that Chris Wilder recognises that his squad needs to have at least one player with significant top-fight knowledge.

The signing of Ravel Morrison is a risk, but he does have a lot of talent and could make a substantial impact for the Blades this season.

Callum Robinson and Luke Freeman are also two players Chris Wilder thinks can step up to the Premier League.

However, if they make Ben Osborn their next signing, it will make no sense, and it will also set them back a fair chunk of money.

Osborn is a left midfielder player who also plays in the centre of the park and is rated very highly by Forest because of his work rate and passing ability.

The 24-year-old has made 230 appearances for Forest but has only scored 16 goals and provided 31 assists.

However, he is a player who will not fit into Wilder’s preferred system and in the centre of the pitch there is a lot of competition for places.

Currently Sheffield United possess John Fleck, Oliver Norwood, Luke Freeman, John Lundstram and Mark Duffy – all of these can play in central midfield and are hard-working functional players.

Although Duffy has the knack of scoring goals and Fleck also provides a creative force from the centre of the park – as can be shown from his ten assists last season.

Osborn, who usually plays out wide, could struggle to fit into Wilder’s usual 5-3-2 formation that relies on overlapping centre-backs – so there does not seem to be much need for a winger.

Sheffield United are on a limited budget, and it, therefore, seems daft they are willing to spend a hefty portion of it on Osborn – when there are other areas of their squad that need strengthening a lot more than the centre of midfield.

 

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