Wilder defends Sheffield United transfer history after apparent criticism from owner
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Wilder defends Sheffield United transfer history after apparent criticism from owner

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has defended the club’s recent transfer history.

It’s after Blades owner, Prince Abdullah, appeared to criticise recent loan signings made during the January transfer window.

“If we brought in two or three loans and they didn’t work out, it would add to the burden that we would have to manage next year,” the Saudi Prince told talkSPORT – as quoted by The Sheffield Star – when asked why no new signings were made last month.

“You have to look at our past record in loans, especially in January. The board made that decision.”

Some have questioned the decision not to bring in any new players to help United battle against relegation.


Following Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea, Wilder’s side remain bottom of the Premier League and are now 12 points from safety.

Despite the weekend’s result, they have actually enjoyed an upturn in form recently. The Blades have won five of their last eight matches in all competitions, having not been victorious at all prior to then.

Wilder defends Sheffield United transfer history

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The United boss disagrees with Prince Abdullah’s suggestion loan signings in January have not worked out in the past.

This is likely to be in reference to Panos Retsos and Richairo Zivkovic, who arrived on temporary deals a year ago.

Zivkovic played five times for the Blades, while Retsos made just one appearance. The South Yorkshire team did not take up the option to may either of their stays permanent.

But Wilder doesn’t think either signing was a mistake.

“I’ve always said it’s not always the players who play the 38 games who are the most important,” the 53-year-old told Yorkshire Live.

“If I look back to the season we went up. Dowell, who scored against West Brom, Hogan, who scored against Ipswich, and Gary Madine – they played huge parts in terms of getting those points.

“Even sometimes when players don’t play, like a couple of boys last year, they keep the standard of the group high. They keep the players’ performance honest and drive those boys on.”

Wilder continued: “But it’s not a straightforward decision.

“I will respect that and hopefully I’ll get respected for having my opinion on it as well, because I am going to.”

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