Sheffield United are set for a welcome boost to their finances ahead of the January window, thanks to the World Cup over in Qatar.
United have two representatives over in the Middle East in Iliman Ndiaye and Adam Davies. Of course, Davies is on his way home after Wales were hammered in the group stages. But with Ndiaye still in the tournament and featuring for Senegal, United’s coffers are set for a boost.
Yorkshire Live reports how the FIFA ‘club benefits’ programme has set aside around £200m to compensate clubs who have players in the World Cup. So far, Ndiaye and Davies have earned United around the £340,000 mark. And with Ndiaye set for another five says, that takes things to just shy of £400,000.
Should Ndiaye help Senegal past England and into the quarter finals, then the Blades’ finances will be given a further boost, with the prospective quarter final to be played on the 10th December.
Beyond the World Cup, Yorkshire Live also reports how United can win another £105,000 from beating Millwall in the FA Cup third round.
All in all, it means United could pocket a cool half a million before the January window really gets going. And with funds tight at The Lane, that could be the difference in United making a key signing or not in the winter.
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It’s no big secret that Prince Abdullah doesn’t have the deepest pockets in terms of the rich owners in football now.
That’s not a criticism of the Blades owner. It’s simply well known and he deserves praise anyway for keeping the current squad together and backing Paul Heckingbottom in the summer the best he could.
But make no mistake, £500k or so is a welcome boost. It might mean another loan signing is possible or even pay for a new contract for someone like Ndiaye. Either way, any extra cash is welcome and the Blades have Ndiaye himself to thank for a lot of it.