The transfer window usually comes with anticipation and excitement as football fans eagerly await for their team to unveil their latest signing, will he be a dud or the next favourite to have his name printed on the backs of supporters shirts.
United have already dipped into the transfer window and before the New Years celebrations had begun, it had been announced that Kieran Dowell has arrived from Everton on loan for the remainder of the season. Striker Tyler Smith has joined Doncaster Rovers, and defender Daniel Lafferty to Peterborough United – both on loan until the end of the season.
However United have missed out on Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe who has crossed the border and headed to Glasgow Rangers on an 18-month loan deal.
It has already been discussed amongst the Blades supporters that a proven striker must be brought in, if the club have any aspirations of finishing in the top six come May.
Many names have been rumoured but the BBC has reported that Sheffield United look set to complete the loan signing of former Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine from Premier League side Cardiff City on loan for the season.
The announcement of his impending signature has angered supporters, but Why?
It isn’t the fact that he played for our city rivals (he is currently the last player to have scored in a Steel City Derby at Bramall Lane). In February 2017, prior to Bolton’s trip to the Lane, he was recorded insulting Billy Sharp, calling him a “fat little pig.” The video hit the mainstream news and Madine didn’t play in the game due to illness. United won 2-0!
BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Andy Giddings reported the news on twitter, with supporters giving a mixed reaction…
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) January 4, 2019
We also ran a poll on twitter today, and asked supporters if they would be happy to see Madine in a United shirt? Over 400 supporters took part with a majority 60% not happy with his signing…
— Vital Blades (@vitalblades) January 4, 2019
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