Chris Wilder says he has spoken to the Sheffield United board about the need to sign a new striker.

The Blades are yet to score a goal in the Premier League this season following last night’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. It comes on the back of a 2-0 opening day loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wilder has made no secret of the fact signing a new forward is his remaining priority during this transfer window.

A loan-to-buy offer has reportedly been made to Liverpool for Rhian Brewster. It’s also believed United will return with a second bid for Folarin Balogun after their initial £3m offer was turned down by Arsenal.

With Lys Mousset currently sidelined with a foot injury and no known return date, Wilder knows the importance of improving his attack.

What Wilder has said to the Sheffield United board

Chris Wilder

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There was a hint of frustration in the 52-year-old’s post-match comments following the defeat at Villa Park. The board have backed him so far this window, with six new players having already arrived at Bramall Lane.

Yet progress on bringing in an attacker has been slow.

“I’ve said to the owners we need somebody in the building, we need to add to that group,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“We’re after a centre forward and there’s a few out there. We need to add (to the squad).

“I’ve made my feelings known to the board right the way through the window.

“It isn’t as easy as people think. It’s a difficult job getting the right one and then you’ve got to go through the dance in terms of how much money and what it’s going to cost you.”

Deadline day is still some way off on October 5, with the Blades having two more league matches before then.

Clearly attack remains an issue, though, after United were the fourth lowest scorers in the entire top flight in 2019/20. In two games so far this term, they have managed just three shots on target.

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