Why former Manchester City star believes Sheffield United should sign a striker

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards says Sheffield United should be looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 2:34 pm

United have received plenty of plaudits for an impressive first half to their first season back in the Premier League after a 12-year absence – and can move up to fifth place, temporarily, if they beat West Ham United at Bramall Lane on Friday night.

But Richards, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast, has urged Chris Wilder to bring in another forward to give the Blades more ‘cutting edge up front’ in the second half of the campaign.

“I watched them against Liverpool and they just lacked that little bit of cutting edge up front,” said Richards, who was capped 13 times by England.

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

"But I think the rest of the team is top notch and arguably as good as anyone in the Premier League based on their performances.

"In the Premier League it's so hard to score goals and they have done so well.

“They've massively overachieved because they've been underdogs but if you want to take that to the next level and sustain it sometimes you just need a player in the Danny Ings sort of mould who has been at top clubs and is pulling Southampton out of the rut that they are in.

“If they just had that striker who can guarantee you goals then I think they can sustain it."

French striker Lys Mousset, signed from Bournemouth in the summer, is currently United’s top scorer with five goals.