The former England centre-back has agreed to join his boyhood club on an initial one-year deal (h/t Sun), meaning we are certain to see him in action for the Blades during the upcoming season.
Jagielka was at Bramall Lane between 2000 and 2007 and made 287 appearances. He was a part of the United squad that last got promoted to the Premier League, before making a move to Everton on the basis of his top form. (h/t Sun)
Now, with Chris Wilder’s men making a shock comeback into top-flight football, he is there to be a part of the squad. Here’s why it is a shrewd move from the club to sign the 36-year-old:
Having already made over 350 Premier League appearances for Everton and Sheffield United – mostly for the former – Phil Jagielka is experienced enough to know how things work when a team is playing in this great league.
The Englishman has witnessed the highs and lows and knows what it takes to be a top performer in top-flight football on a consistent basis. He is also aware of tackling the tricky situations that are certain to arrive during the course of a season.
The Blades, having just been promoted, should get a lot of information regarding the above-mentioned parameters. It would not only aid them in preparing for the season better but also help in reacting to adverse situations in the right manner.
Furthermore, Jagielka has played for United before and he possesses the experience of what it takes to play for this club. Thus, settling in shouldn’t be a problem.
All in all, it has to be said that Sheffield United have done the right thing by opting to sign their former star Phil Jagielka during this transfer window.
Now, their defence has another leader, who could actually lead the team through a potentially challenging season ahead.
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