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Why wages could have cost Sheffield United their top targets this summer

According to The Examiner’s latest Q&A session, Sheffield United’s strict wage structure may have cost them some top targets.

United had what looked like a successful transfer window in the summer as they added the likes of Rhian Brewster, Jayden Bogle, and Aaron Ramsdale to the fold.

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However, a few injuries and a lack of goals have left some questioning those signings and whether quantity, not quality, was the focus.

But The Examiner, which runs a weekly Q&A session, believes United had to look elsewhere after sticking rigidly to their wage structure.

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“The bulk of United’s players are on a £20-30k wage structure,” The Examiner’s Nathan Hemmingham answered..

“If you look at the wages of Premier League strikers, United can’t get near them. Sebastien Haller at West Ham is a back-up striker and is on £121k-a-week. Callum Wilson cost just £20m from Bournemouth but is on £100k. Ollie Watkins, who was top of Wilder’s list, is on £75k-a-week at Villa.

“These are the wages of Premier League goalscorers and United cannot do that.”

In a nutshell, that pretty much answers the question of why United signed who they did.

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And in fairness, the answer is spot on. United, at the moment, simply cannot afford to chuck money about as some clubs are doing.

A shame, but this is football in the modern day

Money talks, not just in football either. It’s little surprise, then, to see United missed out on Watkins (and whoever else) in the summer.

However, despite the recruitment being more squad based, we’ve still signed young players who should go on to be successful at The Lane.

Would we like to see Bogle? Maybe. Should we see more from Brewster over Christmas? Certainly. These players need time and while it’s a good point about the here and now, chucking big money and wages and players is simply not the answer.

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