Nigel Clough has warned he will not compromise the quality of Sheffield United’s squad despite expressing his frustration at the club’s failure to secure any of its transfer deadline day targets, writes James Shield.
And, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One encounter against Rochdale, the former England international revealed he is prepared to ignore the clamour for him to make an early foray into the emergency loan market after claiming his squad is already equipped to mount a serious promotion challenge.
“We tried unbelievably hard to try and get players in, right up to the deadline on the Monday night,” Clough, reflecting upon events last month, said. “We put very substantial offers in for players.
“The problem we have got is that we have a good group as it is and we only want players who are going to improve it. There’s no point bringing players in who are the same as we have, we are not just going to bring in people for the sake of it.
“We have Stephen McGinn and Chris Porter who can’t get a game at times.
“Bringing in a couple of players (loans) would have been ideal. We are still going to try and do that, even with a view to making them permanent in January.
“But there’s no great hurry at the moment with everybody being in good nick. We have a lot games coming up so we are going to try and keep most of the squad together.”
Clough, who confirmed earlier this week he is interested in bringing Harry Maguire back to Bramall Lane less than seven weeks after the centre-half completed a £2.5m move to Hull City, is also thought to have included a forward and defensive midfielder on his wish-list.
“On loans, you have this 93 day anomaly so they would have to go back mid-December if we take them now,” Clough, the United manager, said. “If we can get through to the end of the month then we can take someone to January 1 and that would be ideal.
“As much as we have a lot of games coming up now, we will have just as many in December during that Christmas period.”