Sheffield United could yet end up spending more than recent reports suggest, after a small £20m figure was touted.
Reports had claimed that United were only set to be given £20m to spend by the owners this summer. That sort of figure caused some concern among supporters, given the spending power of those in the Premier League.
However, answering questions from United fans in his latest Q&A, respected Yorkshire Live journalist Nathan Hemmingham has suggested things aren’t that straightforward.
More money could be spent at Bramall Lane
Speaking in his Q&A, Hemmingham addressed a number of fan concerns. One of which, is the transfer budget.
And while Hemmingham confirmed that the £20m figure is true, he did claim there could well be scope for more to be done within the budget.
“It is but what I would say is let’s just wait and see. That is the figure Paul and his staff are working on at the moment, but it’s not for the whole budget, it’s just for transfer fees and loan fees. There are wages for loans and frees as well as that, which are separate from the £20m,” Hemmingham wrote.
“The reason I say wait and see is because I believe there was a similar plan in the summer of the second season in the Premier League, but they went over budget and still signed Bogle, Lowe and Brewster after spending £18m on Ramsdale.
“If Paul was able to convince the board he can bring in real quality but may need a little bit more, I am sure they will look at it. But it’s more an indication of the markets they are going to be in. There won’t be a repeat of the spending of last time. If you see United linked with £25-£30m players you can rule those out.”
The Blades will be hoping to pull a few rabbits out of the hat. Last summer saw Anel Ahmedhodzic arrive and thrive for around £3m. The summer previous, United signed the brilliant Morgan Gibbs-White late in the day on loan.
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There is no point in the Blades going and splashing £15-20m on players here and there and ending up in the same position we did last time.
We’ve proven over the yeard we can be savvy. Ahmedhodzic is a recent example. But even before that, the likes of John Fleck, Enda Stevens, George Baldock, and Ollie Norwood have all arrived for minimal fees and had big impacts.
Paul Mitchell and his team will be working hard alongside Heckingbottom to identify hidden gems. Sure, we might need to spend some big wages on certain frees or loans. But that’s just how it works.
Hemmingham’s take on proceedings here is spot on. It’s a case of wait and see and if there is a player out there who Hecky can convince the board on, then the owners will surely back him.