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Sheffield United centre-back Chris Basham believes his side did extremely well to lure fellow defender Anel Ahmedhodžić to Bramall Lane in the summer and is surprised he didn’t go to a bigger club when he spoke to the Blades media team.

There was no shortage of interest in England for the Bosnian in the summer, with Blackburn Rovers believed to be firmly in the running as they looked to replace former captain Darragh Lenihan and former loanee Jan Paul van Hecke.

However, their late appointments of Jon Dahl Tomasson and Gregg Broughton may have played a part in the end as they lost out to the Blades, who received only their second transfer bonus since returning to the Championship and also shelled out money to bring in Adam Davies from Stoke City in January.

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After two relatively small outings at a time when the Blades were looking to adapt to the financial conditions of England’s second division, this addition was a huge boost for the South Yorkshire outfit.

They needed some central defenders in the summer following the departures of Ben Davies, Charlie Goode and Filip Uremović – and Ahmedhodžić has been excellent since his arrival.

With three goals and one assist in 13 league appearances for the Blades so far this season, he has been dangerous in both boxes and Basham is a man who certainly does not underestimate his value.

He said (via Inside Futbol): “I’m surprised he didn’t pick it up [bigger teams].

“We’re lucky and he’s done really well for Sheffield United, fair play to whoever brought him in because he’s been fantastic.

“I’m surprised he hasn’t left yet. I am sure he will be a Premier League player in the next few years and hopefully it will be for Sheffield United.”

Verdict:

The Bosnian is certainly proving his worth, and given that his performances have been highlighted despite having John Egan and Basham alongside him, who are already established figures in the division, it’s a very promising sign for the future.

It felt like Heckingbottom deserved a big signing after his progress with the Blades last season and Ahmedhodzic was just that, with the fact that he is a permanent signing allowing the Blades to cash in on him in the future if needed.

The South Yorkshire side are in a very good position at the moment – as they could either sell him on for a significant sum of money or he could be a decent asset in League One if they return there.

It seems as though they need players who can step up, given that there is a real possibility that they will return to the top flight on another demand at the end of the season.

And Ahmedhodžić should be able to make a smooth transition if he can continue to perform well, with his contributions in the final third also proving crucial. He will want to build on this until the end of the season.

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