Sheffield United have been linked with a number of strikers this transfer window but with preseason ongoing and the start of the season fast approaching, the Blades are yet to bring any new strikers.
Sheffield United fans have been boosted with the news that the club has shown interest in Championship striker Scott Hogan. With Aston Villa having a huge reshuffle amongst their squad due to the disappointment of not clinching promotion last season, players including Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia, amongst others, are expected to leave the club during this transfer window.
Hogan scored 7 times last season for Villa and 13 times in the season before whilst at Brentford, showing that he could be a real talent if he gels well with Sheffield United’s current forwards.
The 5″8 Striker has been thought to offer Premier League quality during his time at Rochdale and Brentford with the forward offering both creativity and pace up top, he can be a real handful for defenders, therefore giving a different option to Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp.
The key reason Hogan could offer similarities to former Blades striker Beattie up front is simply due to the goal ratios he’s offered during his career. The talented forward scored 17 goals in 33 appearances for Rochdale and 21 goals in 33 for Brentford, showing he has a real eye for goal. If he moves to Bramall Lane and features regularly in Chris Wilders’ side, he could easily repeat this kind of goalscoring form and become as prolific with the Blades as Beattie was during his time at Bramall Lane.
Hogan could also offer the Blades different options – rather than just being an out and out goalscorer during each game. The manager could play to the forwards strengths by using him as an impact sub when Clarke and Sharpe aren’t performing or when United need to change their attacking approach by adding some pace to the team.
However, with key pre-season matches coming up, including a big fixture against Inter Milan, the Blades will have to make moves for the player quickly to get him integrated into the squad before the beginning of the season.