Blades Smash Club Transfer Record to Sign John Egan

By: SBAT Staff

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Sheffield United settled into the Championship during their first back in the league last season, finishing a very respectable 10th position. They are never a team to rest on their laurels though, and have strengthened ahead of the new campiagn with the intent of solidifying their position and possibly moving even further up the table. They have signalled their intent with the signing of John Egan from Brentford, a player who is going to be key for them this coming season.

Egan is 25 year old, coming into his prime and was captain at Brentford before this move, showing his leadership skills. The defender chipped in with seven goals during his time at Brentford in two seasons. He also made the international scene during that period, and has two Northern Ireland caps to his name, something he will be looking to improve on now he has him move to Sheffield United.

Going into the new season, United obviously felt that they needed defensive assistance and leadership, two boxes that Egan ticks. They mean business too, this transfer has broken their record transfer fee, so they will be expecting Egan to contribute in a big way. At 25, they have bought him at the perfect time, he will be able to settle down at the club and play for them during the prime of his career.

When teams arrive in the Championship, some are cautious and some do all they can to solidify their position in the league, United have certainly done the latter so far. They will be an interesting team to watch this coming season, and a playoff berth is not out of the question based on the spending we have seen from them so far, although this is a very tough league to get out of.

United Can Go Well in New Season

The bookmakers have priced Sheffield United up at 20/1 to win the upcoming Championship title. Perhaps a more realistic target would be a top six finish, something that would give them at least a playoff spot. They are 13/5 to get that, and this represents better value than the price on them to win the league outright. instead of sitting back, United have decided to attack the league, spend money and try to compete.