The hits and misses of Sheffield United's January transfer window business under Chris Wilder

January is a notoriously difficult window to deal in as clubs battle the temptation to panic-buy, while often slapping unrealistic valuations on their own players to ward off rival sides.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 4:57 pm
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Chris Wilder and his recruitment team will this month look to give Sheffield United fresh impetus for the second half of the Premier League season – and looking at his past January signings for the Blades since taking charge, there have been more hits than misses. Would you agree?

Signed from MK Dons and helped get United over the line in League One with some valuable contributions, before leaving Bramall Lane this summer
Arrived at Bramall Lane to replace Chris Hussey at left-back and scored the historic final goal of the League One-winning season, helping United reach 100 points. Scored a screamer at Rochdale

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A player who divided opinion at times amongst fans, but was loved by his teammates and gave United a different dimension as they approached the second half of the title-winning season. Scored on his debut
Chris Wilder's long pursuit of Leonard finally paid off in January 2018 but he couldn't nail down a place in the side. United did make a profit on him when he left for Millwall
The Welshman joined United in 2018 as they looked to get over the loss of Paul Coutts. Scored a stunner at home to Middlesbrough but never fully convinced, and was moved on after six months
Another who arrived at United after a long pursuit, but didn't live up to expectation. Holmes has made just one start for the Blades and doesn't look likely to add to that tally anytime soon
Technically a January signing on a permanent basis, although he had arrived on loan at United earlier in the season. One of Wilder's best Blades signing, and now captain of United in the Premier League
A controversial signing at the time turned out to be a masterstroke as Madine, similar to Hanson before him, gave another string to United's bow and helped them get over the promotion line.
Another forward added to United's ranks in the promotion run-in, the loan Aston Villa forward scored the goal to calm Blades nerves against Ipswich before Jack O'Connell's clincher
Too early to definitively say just yet but the early signs look good; a short-term signing with little risk for United if it doesn't pay off, and potential benefits if it does.