Chris Wilder has spoken highly of Sander Berge after finally completing a deal to bring to the Norwegian to Bramall Lane.

The Blades completed the signing of the 21-year-old yesterday. Once again, the club smashed their transfer record, with Berge expected to cost more than the £20m paid for Oli McBurnie.

Sander Berge

Sander Berge has impressed Chris Wilder with his attitude off the pitch. ( Photo by Jan De Meuleneir / Photonews
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Such an outlay was unexpected for United this January. Their budget was reportedly less than the sum paid to sign Berge.

However, Chris Wilder has been backed heavily by his board. It is the first sign of new owner, Prince Abdullah, fully committing to investment in the club after winning sole control.

And Wilder, after praising his board for the backing, revealed he had been impressed with Berge’s attitude since meeting him.

“It’s a big day for the football club. We’ve worked extremely hard. I’d like to thank Prince Abdullah and the board for giving me the backing to sign Sander“, Wilder said. (Sheffield United Twitter)

“Most importantly, though, the boy. I’ve been hugely impressed with his desire to come and play for this football club.

“For a young player to show the maturity he has off the pitch, and I’m sure, the ability and the performances he’ll show on the pitch will be a huge asset for this football club”.

Wilder went on further to admit he’s not been afraid to spend money but wanted to make sure he got it right. Something he is sure he has got with the capture of Berge.

Game-changing investment

A term so often branded about by Sheffield Wednesday fans to seemingly mock the Blades has come back to bite them.

Prince Abdullah has put his money where his mouth is. Signing Sander Berge is a huge statement of intent from the owner.

Prince Abdullah

Prince Abdullah has backed Chris Wilder to the hilt this January. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Too many times in recent years Sheffield United fans have sat back and watched their best players leave on deadline day. Not anymore, though.

It’s such an exciting time to be a Blade. And it looks like the club aren’t done yet either. Another two signings are expected through the door tomorrow with a bit of luck.

It’s a safe bet, then, to echo Chris Wilder, that come the end of tomorrow, United will have their strongest looking squad in years.

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