Sheffield United are currently second in the Championship and are currently enjoying a brilliant season under Paul Heckingbottom. A return to the Premier League looks to be very much on the cards – but what else is currently happening in the second division of English football?
Today, one of Sheffield United’s local rivals, Rotherham United, made a splash in the transfer market. They signed former West Brom striker Jordan Hugill on a free transfer – he could make his debut against the Blades on February 4th, when the two teams meet in the league.
Elsewhere, Rangers put an end to an odyssey of a transfer saga as they finalised a move for Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell. While the transfer fee was undisclosed, the club have described his contract as a ‘long-term deal’.
Watford have snapped up a young Portuguese starlet from Benfica on loan – Henrique Araujo. The 21-year-old has made ten appearances for Benfica’s first team in total, scoring three goals.
He’s struggled to get regular game time in Portugal this season so Os Encarnados saw fit to send him out on loan to a team who will give him a chance to shine. While the Hornets are certainly chasing the Blades, with 13 points between them, even a star signing like this is unlikely to make much of a difference.
Additionally, strugglers Blackpool have signed defender Charlie Goode on loan from Brentford until the end of the season. With 40 goals conceded this season, only Hull, Wigan and Reading have let more in than the Tangerines – could Goode be the answer to Blackpool’s defensive woes?
With the Blades unable to make any purchases of their own due to a transfer embargo, they will be slightly concerned that others below them in the league are strengthening, but Heckingbottom will be hopeful that the squad he has at his disposal can sustain their promotion challenge until May.