Why Josh Brownhill would be a smart signing for Sheffield United
According to a report from The Star, newly-promoted Sheffield United are interested in signing Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill, but they’ll face competition from Burnley.
Josh Brownhill, 23, signed for Bristol City from Preston North End in 2016. The midfielder, who scored six goals in 49 appearances for Lee Johnson’s men last season, is under contract at City until 2021.
His dazzling performances in the midfield have caught the attention of Sheffield United and Burnley. Regardless of who ends up signing him, the club will have to spend big to bag the player’s signature this summer.
That being said, Sheffield United must beat Burnley to the signing of Brownhill ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
Sheffield United have broken their transfer record four times since securing promotion to the Premier League.
The key arrivals have been in attacking areas. Kieron Freeman, Callum Robinson and Oliver McBurnie are well-established Championship talents and Chris Wilder will expect the new recruits to make an instant impact.
In the middle of the park, John Fleck and Oliver Norwood greatly impressed last season. Behind them, John Lundstram and new signings Ben Osborn and Ravel Morrison will provide backup. But that isn’t enough for a Sheffield United team whose first and foremost priority will be to avoid relegation from the Premier League next season.
They need more depth in the squad and thus, signing Josh Brownhill would be a step in the right direction.
Brownhill, who has shone consistently under Lee Johnson over the last two years, is a box-to-box midfielder blessed with energy, intensity, vision and a good turn of pace. He is a solid presence in midfield and can put in a tireless defensive shift for his team which adds more protection for the backline.
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The 23-year-old had also added a few goals and assists to his game last season which makes him such an attractive proposition for the Blades.
The ex-Preston ace can make some vital interceptions and tackles for his team but needs to find consistency on the pitch if he wants to taste success at the highest level.
Thus, it makes sense for United to move in for Brownhill this summer so that Wilder can increase competition in the middle of the park at Bramall Lane this season.