Chris Wilder has admitted he would like to see some movement in his squad during the January transfer window.
The Blades boss strengthened his ranks in the summer with a number of additions. Oli McBurnie, Ravel Morrison, Luke Freeman, and Lys Mousset were among the new signings for Wilder, following promotion from the Championship.
But, after losing out last night to Newcastle, Wilder has admitted that he is hoping for a successful January.
“My job is to identify targets, to improve the team. It’s then the owner’s job to find the funds so I can go out and improve the squad and allow me to utilise the budget – which I have done in the past – the best I can,” Wilder said (Radio Sheffield).
The Blades have lost only once in their last eight fixtures. Newcastle became the first team to beat them by more than one goal since a 2-0 loss to Fleetwood a couple of years ago.
And while Wilder is hopeful of adding to his squad to cement their Premier League position, he also admitted he’d like to see some movement outwards as well.
“There’s a few who will go out,” Wilder responded when asked about the likes of Leon Clarke.
“Those who haven’t been getting any football. It’s something we’ve already spoken about. For players to come in, there’s got to be some movement the other way so we can keep the group down to the size I like it to be”.
Who could leave Sheffield United in the January transfer window?
There are a number of players who could be on their way come January. With the additions in the summer, it’s left some Blades players well on the periphery of the first-team.
Leon Clarke is, of course, one who might go. His only action of the season in the Premier League came at home to Liverpool. Kieron Freeman is another who isn’t getting anywhere near the first XI.
Versatile defender, Kean Bryan, has also struggled to get a look-in despite a good pre-season. In terms of newer players, both Ben Osborn and Ravel Morrison are not getting any game time as it stands.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see either of those two move away come January, while Mo Besic might decide to end his loan deal early if he doesn’t start getting any minutes.
Chris Wilder is certainly in for a busy January, that’s for sure.