Sheffield United signing this 7-time capped Senegalese powerhouse would solidify their midfield unit greatly

Sheffield United Opinion: Why the Blades should go for Younousse Sankhare

According to French publication L’Equipe, Sheffield United, Cardiff City and Swansea City are interested in Bordeaux midfielder Younousse Sankhare. (h/t France Football)

The 29-year-old midfielder is a seven-capped Senegal international, despite previously featuring for France at U21 level. Sankhare has a contract at Bordeaux until 2021, but he is attracting intense interest from Sheffield United, who are likely to have the edge over Cardiff and Swansea following their promotion to the Premier League.

The Blades have made some signings in the summer transfer window, with the latest addition being Callum Robinson from Preston North End. Chris Wilder still has a lot of work to do to ensure his squad is robust and durable enough to sustain the demands of the Premier League.

There are a couple of areas that need strengthening and with almost a month left for the start of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, Wilder needs to hurry up.

One such area is the central midfield position with Oliver Norwood and John Fleck needing competition next season. John Lundstram is an option but he hardly made an impact in the Championship. Mark Duffy is a no.10 and will compete with new signing Luke Freeman.

Meanwhile, Paul Coutts has joined Fleetwood Town and Samir Carruthers has been placed on the transfer list. Thus, signing Younousse Sankhare would be a step in the right direction for Wilder’s Sheffield United.

A central midfielder by trade, Sankhare is equally adept at playing in an advanced role or on the left flank.

The Senegal international is known for his physicality and power and will add some much-needed steel and energy to United’s midfield if Wilder manages to land him. He is a combative player, known for making life difficult for opposition players.

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The Sarcelles-born star can also fill in as a left-back, which could be beneficial for Wilder as he looks to bring in a left-back to cover and compete with Enda Stevens.

Sankhare’s top-flight pedigree and experience would make him a good fit at Bramall Lane. He could also be attracted to join a newly-promoted Premier League club and be a part of Wilder’s exciting project at United.  

Verdict

Signing a central midfielder is high on Wilder’s wishlist and Sankhare could be a good addition to the Blades’ ranks.

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Written by Rohan Sengupta

Hi, I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.

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