The players at Sheffield United on the highest wages get around £30,000-a-week, reports The Sheffield Star.

In Premier League terms, this is extremely low. In fact, Forbes reported earlier this year they had the smallest wage bill in the entire division in 2019/20.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City paid their players the most overall and almost 10 times more on average than the Blades. The rest of the top five are completed by the familiar figures of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

Yet there was even a big gulf in terms of finances between the South Yorkshire side and those considered at the same level as them.

Aston Villa, for instance, who were promoted from the Championship at the same time, were paying their players more than two-and-a-half times more on average.

Villa only avoided relegation on the final day of the season and finished eight places and 19 points lower.

Do Sheffield United need to increase their wages?

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It’s suggested by Spotrac that Phil Jagielka, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie are among the biggest earners at Bramall Lane.

However, they don’t have figures for new signings Rhian Brewster or Aaron Ramsdale. Nor Sander Berge, with all three likely to be among the better paid.

Yet even if only used as a guide, it still suggests there is a big gap between the Blades and most others in the top flight.

They’re never going to be paying the wages of the top five. But they’re not even on a par with those around them.

Which makes the achievements of Chris Wilder and his team last term all the more impressive. However, if it doesn’t even increase slightly, there’s only so long Wilder can perform miracles.

Take the Villans, for example. They may have struggled last season, but have won all four of league their matches so far in 2020/21.

They beat the Blades to the likes of Ollie Watkins in September after agreeing to pay the striker £70,000-a-week.

While Wilder signed fringe player Ethan Ampadu from Chelsea on loan, Villa landed Ross Barkley.

This isn’t to suggest the club should jeopardize their future with silly signings and contracts. But unless there is some increase they risk being left behind.

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