Sheffield United have only just begun this season’s transfer business with only outgoing deals so far. Every team’s transfer news is available from our Premier League Team Primer! We’ll link to all our transfer write-ups and the latest Sheffield United transfer news! If you believe the hype around this transfer window, you should probably visit often (nudge nudge).
Sheffield United transfers (incoming):
Callum Robinson ($8.5M from Preston North End): Robinson made 28 appearances for Preston last season in the Championship. He provided 12 goals and three assists for his team in about 2100 minutes. For his efforts, he earned four Man if the Match awards. In the prior season, he made 41 appearances with eight goals and seven assists. Robinson should make an excellent Sheffield United transfer, although he is coming off a hamstring injury. The Preston manager was reportedly “gutted [that] Callum has left… but he has deserved his chance, and he has worked very hard”.
Luke Freeman ($6M from QPR): Freeman bring positional flexibility I’ve never seen before. Before the move making him the first Sheffield United transfer he has played almost everyone position on the pitch. In all seriousness, he’s played all of the tradition positions except goalkeeper, central defender, and right back. Freeman played 112 times for QPR, including sixteen goals and 25 assists. In his last season with QPR, he made 48 appearances with nine goals and eight assists. I think Freeman should be a valuable asset (primarily as a left-winger) and he comes at a pretty reasonable price (although QPR did make a healthy $5.5M profit on the deal).
Phil Jagielka (Free transfer from Everton): Jagielka will return to the Blades after exactly twelve years with Everton. Jagielka had begun to struggle to see playing time with the Toffees. His leadership, if nothing else, will be valuable for the Blades. Though I fully expect him to be at least a rotation option, if not a regular starter. Jagielka was limited to only seven appearances for the Toffees, although only partly due to injury. Jagielka has been pretty healthy over the last two seasons missing only about five weeks between both seasons. He missed almost as much time due to card suspensions as injury. I think Jagielka even aging, should be good enough for substantially more playtime than in his final season for Everton.
Ravel Morrison (Free transfer from Östrrsund): Morrison joins the club from the Swedish first division where he spent only part of the season. He spent a large portion of the season under suspension with the Serie A team, Lazio. The ability of the player has never been in question; however, he has an absolutely horrendous disciplinary record. In fact, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have talked about the youth version of Morrison saying he’s one of the best youngsters he had ever seen. He only played in six games for Österrund for about 65 minutes per appearance.
Ben Osborn (Undisclosed transfer from Nottingham Forest): Osborn will be a good signing for the newly-promoted side, in part due to his positional flexibility. Although primarily a left-sided midfielder, he can also play left-back or central midfield. I anticipate that Osborn will spend most of his time at left-back because goals allowed last year were a problem for Sheff United (relatively speaking). With Nottingham Forest last season, Osborn nearly split his time in half between left midfielder (21 appearances) and left-back (17). He missed only seven games for the Championship side, and I expect him to have a similarly large role in trying to shore up the backline for Henderson.
Dean Henderson (Loan from Man Utd U23): Dean Henderson spent last season on loan with Sheffield United, and he’s joining up with them again for this season. He was a regular feature for the then-Championship club, and I anticipate he will be between the posts yet again for them. He appeared in every game in the Championship last season (46) and would finish with a total of 41 concessions. He kept 21 clean sheets for them last season, although, this will be a big step up in competition. The Blades are taking substantial steps to try and shore up the defense in front of Henderson to increase their survival odds.
Sheffield United transfers (outgoing):
Martin Cranie (Free Transfer to Luton Town): Cranie was a free transfer signing for the club in the 2018-2019 season. He actually featured in about half of the Blades matches. However, Cranie’s age (32) will work against him, and I’m not sure he’ll meet the caliber required for Premier League defenders. He’s spent a smidge over 85% percent of his career in the Championship, with the remainder in League One. His transfer to Luton Town will give him a fresh opportunity with a Championship club.
Conor Washington (Free Transfer to Hearts): Washington also joined the Blades for the 2018-2019 season. Although he appeared in 19 Championship matches, he would barely exceed an average of 20 minutes per appearance. He also did not provide particularly meaningful statistics outside of his one assist. I really don’t see a place in this team for Washington at this level. I think it will prove to be a good career move for him to move the Premiership.
Caolan Lavery (Released): Lavern joined up with Sheffield United in August 2016. After that, he would go on loan deals to Bury and Rotherham. In total, he would make 36 first-team appearances for the Blades but only with an average of about 37 minutes per appearance. In that span, however, he scored five goals and had eight assists. However, most of his production occurred in the League One days for Sheffield United. It’s likely the team doubts his ability to contribute at this level.
Danny Lafferty (Released): Lafferty initially came to Sheffield United on loan from Burnley in August 2016. However, upon the end of his loan, his contract lapses, and he signed with the Blades. Although he would go on to make 52 appearances for the Blades along with five goals and three assists, the majority of his appearances came in League One days. I think Lafferty will sign a new contract, but probably with a lower division team.
Paul Coutts (Free Transfer to Fleetwood Town): Couts played a lot for the Blades, but most of them were in the League One days. He’s only played sparingly in the last two Championship seasons for the Blades. Ultimately I think this is a good move for Coutts, who will hopefully get back into the normal starting eleven.
Jake Eastwood (Loan to Scunthorpe): Eastwood is a product of the Blades youth system. He’s spent the last several seasons on developmental loans. Eastwood spent most of last season on the bench for the Blades in a backup role. He remains under contract until May 2020, so it will be interesting to see if he receives enough playtime to warrant an extension.
Nathan Thomas (Loan to Carlisle United): Thomas is going on loan to Carlisle United for the second consecutive season. While with them last season, the winger appeared in 41 matches scoring five goals and adding three more goals. The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract with the club, and I expect that he will be transitioning out at that time. If he was going to make it to the top-flight, he would have shown more promise than a League Two side by now.
Last Updated: July 31, 2019