With Sheffield United confirming yesterday evening that we had brought in Cardiff City striker Gary Madine on a loan spell for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign, it’s fair to say the deal came with a fair bit of baggage.
The 28-year-old found himself on the stiff end of manager Chris Wilder’s tongue back in 2017 when a video emerged suggesting he had insulted fan favourite Billy Sharp, and of course, there’s the time he spent playing for rivals Sheffield Wednesday to factor into the equation.
???? MADINE SIGNS
⚔️ Sheffield United are delighted to announce the signing of Gary Madine on loan from @CardiffCityFC.
????‘When I knew Sheffield United was interested, I was buzzing and jumped at the chance.’
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) January 7, 2019
With Wilder convinced this is a good move to make as we bolster our front line to further boost chances this season with us doing well in the Championship, the player himself has also been saying the right things but he’s got a battle on his hands to win some in the fanbase over.
Reacting to his signing on social media, plenty weren’t happy to see him arrive through the door.
Please don’t refer to him as a premier league player he has never played 1 minute of his life in that league.
— shane rowley (@srowley88) January 7, 2019
Cheers sons crying. Nice one
— Richard ⚔️ (@richardpye04) January 7, 2019
Looks thrilled ????????
— Natalie (@xNatx89x) January 7, 2019
This is all set up for him to score winner at Hillsbrough, and become a legend.
— Kev B (@KevJHS2012) January 7, 2019
Good luck Gazza. Put that shirt on and play your heart out. I’m behind you anyway. ⚔️
— ????⚪️⚔️5NILSTU ????⚪️⚔️ (@pinnyboy69) January 7, 2019
Don’t put him on penalties!!!
— Mark Clews (@Titchtherick1) January 7, 2019
His face tells the whole story we don’t need you to tell to us
— Lee (@T0llerfield) January 7, 2019
Have they used his mug shot?
— Ben Eades (@BenEades23) January 7, 2019
— Scott Mather (@mather_sc) January 7, 2019
Hope you can prove the doubters wrong fella. Look forward to seeing you on the pitch ????
— George Heeks (@George_C_Heeks) January 7, 2019
Same. Brings me out in hives seeing him in the shirt.
— Deb (@happyspinster) January 7, 2019