Sheffield United were reportedly keen on three Wigan Athletic players last summer.
A lot can change in a single football season, as fans of Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic will attest.
This time 12 months ago, those of a Blades persuasion were starting to come to terms with the prospect of another year – their sixth – in League One, as they watched the Latics storm to the top of the standings – a position they would not relinquish.
Come the summer, it looks for all the world like it’ll be Wigan straining their necks this time, as United – the League One champions-elect – look to do what the Lancastrians couldn’t and survive in the Championship. Wigan’s misery, however, may not end there.
A trio of current Latics players – Dan Burn, Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough – are all said to have received approaches from Bramall Lane at the start of the campaign, and could be targeted again once the two sides’ fates are confirmed.
That time, the lure of playing regular Championship football proved too much for Burn upon his exit from Fulham, while Morsy, already a Wigan player, used to same logic to settle upon a six-month loan to Barnsley instead.
Colclough, on the other hand, remained at the DW Stadium despite United’s interest, but eventually impressed during a loan spell at MK Dons, for whom he scored five goals in 18 appearances – enough, perhaps, to pique the Blades’ interest once more.
Whether United and their manager, Chris Wilder, will return for the Wigan trio remains to be seen, but if they do it’s likely they’ll fare far better this time around.
Should Sheffield United go back for Burn, Morsy and Colclough this summer?