Blades boss, Chris Wilder, has issued a frank message to the players in his squad who are looking to cement new contracts.
A number of United players are hoping to land new deals following their excellent start to life in the Premier League. Wilder, too, has made no secret of his desire to see some of his group tie themselves to new contracts.
Furthermore, Wilder has, alongside Alan Knill, signed a new deal to keep him at Bramall Lane until at least 2024.
However, speaking after the game against Arsenal, the Blades boss was in no mood it seemed for players to start messing around.
“It’s not just John,”, Wilder said, when quizzed about John Fleck getting a new deal.
“It’s a few others, too. I’d get it signed if I was some of them, I wouldn’t hang about too much. This group has been great but I think they recognise that I won’t stand still.”
The likes of John Lundstram and Enda Stevens are other players who Wilder would like to sign new terms. In fact, Wilder only mentioned in midweek that the club will be exercising a one-year extension when it comes to Lundtram’s deal.
No time for hanging around
Wilder has made a habit of progressing and moving forward as a football club. He mentioned in his interview that he wasn’t bothered if people had been here five minutes or five years, he would make the hard decisions if he needed.
He’s done it previously. The likes of Lee Evans and Ryan Leonard were both swiftly moved on. He also acted quickly in the summer, opting not to sign promotion hero, Martin Cranie, while also releasing Paul Coutts.
If some of the Sheffield United squad are considering messing around and haggling for more money, then that game won’t work.
Wilder’s biggest example of not standing for this was with Mark Duffy. It’s safe to say Duffy’s career hasn’t gone to plan either since leaving Bramall Lane.