Belgian side FC Beerschot have been warned they face losing Ismaila Coulibaly given Sheffield United’s poor start to this season.

The midfielder joined the Blades in a £1.8m move from Sarpsborg 08 in the summer but was immediately shipped out on loan to Belgium for this season to get regular playing time and experience away from Bramall Lane.

He’s proven to be a big hit in the Jupiler Pro League, starting seven of Beerschot’s nine league games so far and scoring four goals, helping them to the top of the table in the process.

Back in England, Sheffield United have struggled, with Chris Wilder’s side currently bottom of the Premier League and nine points from safety after losing nine of their first ten games.

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It’s extremely likely that they will look to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window and Philippe Albert believes one they could bring in is Coulibaly.

“Beerschot will not be the new champion,” he told La Capitale.

“I think they are able to finish in the top four, provided that strong holders such as Holzhauser, Tissoudali and Coulibaly remain loyal to the club in January.

“Holzhauser and Tissoudali are in demand and I think they will receive offers in January.

“While Sheffield United are last in the Premier League they may be bringing Coulibaly to England earlier than planned.”