Harry Maguire, the Sheffield United centre-half, has claimed news that Bramall Lane is set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment will have a positive impact upon the team’s performance, writes James Shield.
Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who earlier this week acquired a 50 per cent stake in United’s parent company, is scheduled to attend today’s Yorkshire derby at Rotherham after arriving in England last night.
According to one director of the League One club, his presence will enable manager David Weir to chase high calibre-targets when the emergency loan window re-opens next week.
Welcoming the Saudi Arabian’s involvement - “It’s exciting for everyone involved with Sheffield United” - Maguire told The Star: “Everyone here now knows that they’ve got to really up their game. Be on top of it all the time because, if they’re not, then there’s a chance the club might just go out and bring in someone who is.
“It can only be a good thing in my view. Especially because it’s about time that, as a group, we actually go out there and get out of this division.
“We’re aware of everything that’s been going on and we’ve been kept in the loop. But it’s our job to stay focused on the football so that’s been the only thing on our agenda.”
Weir yesterday distanced himself from claims that Prince Abdullah’s decision to become United’s co-owner would lead to a flurry of new signings, insisting fresh funds will be used to embellish rather than dismantle its first-team squad.
Maguire added: “It’s going to make sure everyone stays on their toes which is good because this year the division is even tougher than ever with some of the wage bills other sides have got. We’ve not actually met the prince yet but we’ve been told that we will do at some point when the time is right.”