Sheffield United looking to add experienced 27-year-old to the defence

Sheffield United are in need of defensive reinforcements this summer after the Blades conceded over a 100 goals in their disappointing Premier League campaign.

United have fallen victim to some shocking hefty defeats, some of which have come at Bramall Lane. The Blades have suffered 8-0 defeats and have conceded five goals on several occasions.

While it can be argued they have missed leaders at the back such as John Egan and George Baldock, Anel Ahmedhodzic and the others have failed to command the defence, and as a result United have gone down to the Championship with a historically leaky back line.

This must be addressed this summer along with the goalkeeping situation.

Sheffield United have already confirmed that George Baldock will be leaving the club this summer, and The Star has reported United wanted the experienced right-back to remain at Bramall Lane but they were unable to match the wages offered by Greek Super League side Panathinaikos.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: George Baldock of Sheffield United reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Everton FC at Bramall Lane on September 02, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Sheffield United need to recruit leaders this summer

Chris Wilder will surely be hoping to keep Egan at S2; losing Oliver Norwood, Chris Basham, Baldock and Egan in the same window would be detrimental from a leadership point of view.

The United chief must recognise he needs to strengthen that side of his team, and perhaps that is why the Blades have been linked with two Championship veterans Joe Worrall and Luke Ayling.

According to TEAMtalk, Sheffield United are hoping to secure the signature of Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall this summer. The two parties were reportedly interested in a move back in January but Forest refused to do business with a relegation rival and therefore sent him on loan to Turkish side Besiktas.

The 27-year-old scored one goal in six appearances in the Turkish top-flight and helped secure two clean sheets.

Meanwhile, multiple sources have linked the Blades with Leeds United right-back Luke Ayling who is out of contract this summer. The 32-year-old has had a very bright loan spell with Middlesbrough for the final half of the campaign where he provided eight assists in 19 games for the Boro.

As a result of his successful loan spell Michael Carrick is wanting to permanently sign Ayling this summer, but the Blades are also in for his signature.

My view

Signing two players with the profile of Worrall and Ayling would be smart recruitment in my view with the pair having well over 400 Championship appearances between them.

Although this rebuild should have a focus of bringing in some fresh young blood, I personally see this as a 12 month rebuild. The first window should be about steadying the ship and signing experienced players, particularly in defence.

Potentially having Jack Robinson, Egan, Worrall, Ayling, in the defensive department will only help United in their quest to bounce back to the Premier League. From there, adding exciting talents such as Harrison Burrows and Ashley Phillips would add a perfect blend of youth and experience to the Sheffield United back line.

Tags Chris Basham George Baldock Joe Worrall John Egan Luke Ayling