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  1. Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man

    Sheffield United

    So it's been confirmed today that they've signed Ravel Morrison. Considering the world tour he has been on in recent years, which has generally been a result of his latest club sending him as far away as possible as soon as possible, it isn't exactly a signing that worries me. The man has seemingly wasted more talent in his career than Fulham wasted money last year. Then there's Phil Jagielka. OK, he was a very good defender for many years and I liked him a lot, but how much does he have left at 36? There are also Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson. They're not bad, but are they players who we expect to take the Premier League by storm? They were decent in the Championship but they weren't exactly standout players. I'm not sure what Sheffield United's scouting network is like, but it doesn't seem to be very vast. It's a bit like Cardiff last season: an old school British manager not wanting to stray from what they know. Cardiff were a tight unit last season and punched above their weight, but even that wasn't nearly enough. It seems completely different to what we're trying to do. A more modern, continental setup with the director of football and head coach, and a recruitment/scouting department that has clearly been active all over Europe for the past couple of years. It'll be interesting to see which approach fares better this season, but I don't really like the look of what Sheffield United are building so far. Obviously we've still got a few weeks to go before the window closes, but I'd be surprised if we see a change in their strategy. Someone like Maupay or McBurnie could change the outlook, but it doesn't seem like they want to look much further afield should those players prove out of their reach. Between ourselves, Sheffield United and Aston Villa there seems to be three wildly different transfer strategies, and it'll be interesting to see which one pays off. I don't want to tempt fate, but I don't think it'll be Sheffield United...
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