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‘One of the more sensible transfers’ – Sheffield United close to sealing deal for 29-year-old: The verdict
Football League World
This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Adam Davies is undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move from Stoke City to Sheffield United according to Football Insider.
The 29-year-old has been very in and out at the bet365 Stadium since signing in the summer of 2019, and has struggled to gain the full trust of Michael O’Neill having joined the club under Nathan Jones.
Robin Olsen left the Blades’ ranks to join Aston Villa last week and therefore there is room in the squad to add competition with Wes Foderingham.
With Jack Bonham and Josef Bursik seemingly above Davies in the pecking order at Stoke, a move away appears to be best for both parties.
We gathered the thoughts of a selection of FLW writers to see if they believe Davies would be a good signing for the Blades…
I’m slightly surprised by this one if Davies is coming in to be a potential first choice at Bramall Lane.
He was Heckingbottom’s man when he managed Barnsley, but Davies hasn’t exactly convinced overall as a Stoke City player for the last few years.
Davies has had a chance this season due to Josef Bursik’s injury but when Bursik returns he would only take his place once again.
Under a manager that has trusted him before he may have a better chance of being a long-term regular, but Wes Foderingham has been in pretty good form recently.
Blades fans may have been expecting a bigger or younger name to come in between the sticks but Davies is no more than an average signing for my liking.
This is a good signing in difficult circumstances for the Blades.
Losing a goalkeeper on short notice in January can be an incredibly difficult situation to get out of.
Yet, United have quickly moved for their top target and have secured him swiftly.
Davies is a Welsh international with bags of experience.
Heckingbottom also worked with him during their time together at Barnsley.
Davies made 104 appearances for the club under Heckingbottom so the two know each other quite well.
That should help bring Davies into the fold rather smoothly, which United will need.
Overall, this is a great bit of business from the club.
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When you look at what Sheffield United have done in offloading Robin Olsen and Michael Verrips, this makes it look even better business.
Davies is a reliable Championship goalkeeper, who will provide the perfect competition for Wes Foderingham at Bramall Lane.
Paul Heckingbottom has clearly identified the goalkeeping department as somewhere he can improve, whilst probably dropping the wage bill given the calibre of players that have left.
With Davies coming in, he’s achieved that, whilst strengthening the squad in terms of competition.
It’s a great move and one of the more sensible transfers that we will see around the EFL this month.
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