It’s not a signing that fills me with total confidence going forward.
But at the same time, we probably aren’t going to need him to do much in the grand scheme of things, so it’s not like our season is going to wholly depend on him being ‘the best that he can be’. I’m talking of course about Terrence Kongolo.
According to a report from Yorkshire Live, Sheffield United are looking to bring in the Huddersfield Town defender as we try to fill the gap that has been left by the devastating injury to Jack O’Connell. The Terriers are more than willing to help as out as they are looking to shed as much of their wage bill as possible, and have already been in talks with fellow Premier League side Fulham to send him down south, but that move has reportedly collapsed.
The one thing that concerns me about this, as Yorkshire Live pointed out, is that Kongolo is in the process of rehabbing his own injury, a broken foot that he sustained whilst on loan at Fulham last season.
Will we bring in a new centre-back before the window closes?
Now as I said, on the surface this might seem like a bit of a curious move to make, why try and essentially replace one injured player with another one? But the fact is he won’t be directly replacing O’Connell, someone like Ethan Ampadu will take care of ‘first-team duties’ as it were, whilst someone like Kongolo will only be used as a rotation player, maybe playing once every five or six games or during cup competitions.
That is something I can get on board with, as we won’t need him to overdo himself when he comes back, potentially risk another injury and then put us back to square one once again trying to find another centre-back.
What about you? Do you like this idea of going for Kongolo? And do you think he’ll be used mostly as a rotational player?