And unfortunately for United fans, it’s not the best reading.
Answering questions from Blades fans on all matters Sheffield United, respected local journalist Nathan Hemmingham believes that any January incomings are wishful thinking right now.
“I am not expecting much, if anything, in January. Finances are stretched right now and I will see it more as a bonus if a player(s) come in. For me the focus is about keeping players. If there was no activity in the window I would see that as a success,” Hemmingham wrote.
“Unless there are season-ending injuries, or players being recalled from loans, I don’t see new additions anywhere as important as keeping the current squad together.”
It seems, then, that the Blades might have to make do with what they have. Indeed, it seems keeping hold of players will once again be more important.
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There’ll be a few factors which determine United’s direction in January. First up will be if we sell someone. If a Sander Berge or Iliman Ndiaye leaves for big money, then Heckingbottom can rightfully expect investment.
If we avoid that, then injuries will come into it. If players aren’t back after the World Cup and we still look light in areas, then Hecky might push it further. Even if it’s just another loan or short-term contract.
The other consideration will be United’s position. As it stands, we’re likely to be in the top six. But if United are either sitting top of the pile, or god forbid, way below the top six, then the board might act.
This feels like a now or never season for United. With so many out of contract this summer, promotion is a must.