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5 times Chris Wilder got it wrong in the transfer market at Sheffield United
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5 times Chris Wilder got it wrong in the transfer market at Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has done little wrong in his time at Bramall Lane, including his moves in the transfer market.

Chris Wilder has made many a transfer since being United manager. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Lifelong Blades fan Wilder has brought unprecedented success to the club. Two promotions in three seasons have seen United back to the Premier League.

This season, too, has seen the Blades take the league by storm. They currently sit eighth in the table and are unbeaten away from home thus far this campaign.

One of the big reasons behind Wilder’s success has been to continually evolve his squad while improving the players already at Bramall Lane. He’s had some major success in the transfer market, too.


Ollie Norwood was brought in to replace the previously irreplaceable Paul Coutts. Likewise, George Baldock has made the right wing-back slot his own despite Kieron Freeman impressing in League One.

Ollie Norwood has been one of Wilder’s best signings. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

However, Wilder has also made a couple of errors of judgement, too. Like most managers, not every transfer works out quite as expected.

Here, then, is a look at FIVE times Chris Wilder got it wrong for the Blades in the transfer market…

Chris Hussey

Hussey was one of the first signings of the Wilder era. But, it was soon clear that the former Bury man was going to struggle at Bramall Lane.

He made only 11 appearances in the 2016/17 season before being replaced by the impressive Daniel Lafferty.

Samir Carruthers

The Blades signed Carruthers in the January window of 2017. At the time, it looked a good move, with Carruthers tipped by man fans to be a replacement for Mark Duffy if the Blades went up.

Samir Carruthers has struggled at Sheffield United. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

That thought process proved completely wrong. Duffy helped United to the Premier League with a string of fine performances, while Carruthers barely featured.

James Wilson

Another early day signing from Wilder and one that never got going at all. Wilson signed from Oldham on a free transfer in the hope he’d shore up a leaky defence.

Wilson, though, struggled to make any sort of impact and played only once before being moved on.

Ryan Leonard

In what seemed like a pursuit that took an eternity, the Blades finally landed Leonard in the January transfer window of 2018.

Ryan Leonard was sold after only six months at Sheffield United. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Rightfully so, given the length of time this signing took, United fans were excited to see what they were getting.

However, Leonard proved a bit of a flop. He lasted just six months with the club before being sold on to Millwall.

Kean Bryan

There might still be time for Kean Bryan to prove us wrong, but as things stand it looks like being a bit of a waste of time.

Injuries haven’t helped the former Man City man. However, when he has made the odd appearance, he’s hardly lit the field of play up.

Chris Wilder has already suggested Bryan could be one of the players to leave this coming January, which, in itself, tells you all you need to know.

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