While most Sheffield United fans are aware and accepting the cupboard might be a bit bare when it comes to money in January, there’s no doubt Chris Wilder needs some help.
Of course, questions have been raised about the recruitment strategy the club adopted in the summer. The signing of young, hungry players who may or may not quite be ready for Premier League football is something that we’ll only know has been successful in a year or two.
Wilder has already made it clear it will be two loan signings in January, insinuating that funds could be at a premium.
Jesse Lingard is one big name being linked. Marcos Rojo, another. However, it will have to be one or the other from Manchester given the current PL rules on loan players.
But while adding Lingard would be a shrewd move if it comes off and a left-side centre-half is needed, the injury to Sander Berge and the straight red for John Lundstram today suggest Wilder could need more.
Berge, gut-wrenchingly, is going to miss three months, Wilder confirmed.
And with Lundstram still yet to commit to a new deal and a January move potentially something that could happen, we could suddenly look ridiculously light in midfield.
Backing needed, regardless of if we’re down or not
If we didn’t know how this team could perform and what Wilder can get out of them, a lot of United fans would probably accept we are down. And in all likelihood, we probably will drop, given the mountain we have to climb.
But whilever there is hope, Wilder needs to be backed by his board like he has been in the past few windows.
The loan signings is an admirable plan but Berge’s loss is massive. He’d been our best midfielder by a distance, and with John Fleck struggling and Ollie Norwood nowhere to be seen, the Blades need to act.
Yes, finances are tight. And yes, we don’t want to put ourselves into a position where we are struggling, money wise.
But this January is massive. Wilder, then, will be hoping for some wins in the Christmas fixtures to help convince the board that this is not a sinking ship and it could be worth then dipping into their pockets one more time.