Wilder on incoming signings this window and what that means for Sheffield United
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Wilder on incoming signings this window and what that means for Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says there will be no incoming signings in the January transfer window.

It closes at 11pm on Monday, with Wilder previously saying the Blades were targeting two loan additions.

A left-sided defender and a creative midfielder were believed to be the targets, but neither will now be arriving.

“I’m not so sure anything will happen at our football club between now and Monday night,” Wilder told Yorkshire Live.

“The players I’ve got we’ll work with.

“We have to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the teams above us and that’s all we can do with the group of players that we have got.”


Sheffield United have probably made right call not making any signings

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With United currently bottom of the Premier League table, it may seem like they’re resigned to relegation by deciding against any transfer business.

Their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday means Wilder’s side have lost 17 of their 21 league games to date. They remain 10 points from safety.

Yet recent performances suggest there is still hope.

The Blades have won four of their last six matches in all competitions, including an impressive 2-1 victory at Manchester United.

Wilder is beginning to welcome players back from injury as well. He named a full bench at Man City for the first time since losing to Everton on Boxing Day.

The United boss did have targets this window, but for one reason or another none have come close to joining.

Most recently Jesse Lingard joined West Ham United on loan instead of moving to Bramall Lane. The Blades pulled out of the race after Man United said they wouldn’t subsidise any of Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wages.

Ben Davies was another linked, but Sky Sports reports the Preston North End defender has now agreed to join Celtic in the summer.

No point wasting money

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It was pointless signing anyone who wasn’t going to immediately improve the first team. With only loans being targeted, that task became more difficult.

There is also a careful financial balance between trying to stay in the top flight, but not overspending and still getting relegated.

In all likelihood, the Blades will be back playing in the Championship next season. Wilder will want funds to improve his squad and try and get promoted back to the Premier League immediately.

Not that all hope has been given up this term. The way United have performed in recent games shows that.

This squad could still make a credible attempt at avoiding the drop. And if it proves to be beyond them, at least the money will be there to go again in 2021/22.

Making no signings this window isn’t defeatist – it’s realistic. A sensible approach has served the club well so far during Wilder’s four-and-a-half years in charge, so why change it now?

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