Sheffield United Deadline Day RECAP: No business today - here's why | Blades take steps to clarify Egan situation | Brewster could face Fulham

Here we are then. The final chance to strenthen your squad… for a couple of months at least.

By Danny Hall
Friday, 16th October 2020, 5:55 pm

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Will Rhian Brewster be the last of Chris Wilder's autumn transfer window business or does he have a trick up his sleeve today? Pic: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

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Last updated: Friday, 16 October, 2020, 11:25

  • The transfer window closed at 5pm without incident at Bramall Lane
  • United had been hopeful of bringing in further cover for Jack O’Connell’s injury
  • Chris Wilder said he will make no signings today at his press conference this morning
  • George Baldock says he can’t wait to play with new boy Rhian Brewster
  • Fulham’s new signing ruled out through injury

Elsewhere in the Premier League...

Sky Sports News has been told there were 'issues' with Said Benrahma’s medical at West Ham - however the club are still working on doing a deal for the Brentford forward.

Wilder: International football should be halted

Chris Wilder says international football should be halted while the Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc.

John Egan may miss Sunday’s class with Fulham if he is confirmed as a close contact of an Irish teammate who tested positive for coronavirus a week ago.

And the Blades boss said this morning: "I have that view [that international football should be halted] if I'm honest. I think the situation at the moment is pretty difficult for everybody.

"It's one-and-a-half metres distancing in one country and then two metres in another country and you've got boys flying about all over the place. 

“I'm sure the international scene and the FAs of certain countries will survive through this financially.”

Have your say, Blades fans

Why Blades won’t sign anyone today

and where they go from here… the inside track from our man, James Shield, on the complications of the search for a Jack O’Connell replacement

The reasons behind Sheffield United's transfer stance and what they do from here

It didn’t come as any great surprise, given the mood music coming out of the Steelphalt Academy in recent days and sight of Chris Wilder and his coaching staff working on a variety of what he has described as “in house solutions” to the Jack O’Connell problem.

 

Here’s James’ deadline-day update

Our man James Shield with his video update

No room for racism - anywhere.

The Premier League today launches the next phase of its No Room For Racism initiative, sending a strong message that the League and its clubs will not tolerate racist behaviour anywhere.

Blades fans are being urged to challenge and report racism wherever it takes place, encouraging behavioural change in football and wider society. Premier League players Tyrone Mings, Michail Antonio, César Azpilicueta, Conor Coady, Ben Mee and Kalvin Phillips feature in a video, which calls on supporters to 'Challenge it, report it, change it.'

The No Room For Racism message will be visible at all Premier League matches between 17 and 26 October - including United's clash with Fulham - when activity will highlight the League and clubs' year-round commitment to combatting discrimination and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of football.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "No Room For Racism represents the long-standing commitment of the Premier League and our clubs to tackle discrimination. This is not just about challenging and reporting abuse this weekend or next weekend, but throughout this season, next season and beyond.

"We will not stand still on this important issue and we will continue to work with our clubs, players and partners to address all discriminatory behaviour with tangible long-term action and strong messaging to fans. Much is being done to promote inclusion and equality in English football but we recognise there is much more to do."

The league continues to support players who 'take a knee' at matches.

Baldock on how Rhian Brewster has fitted in so far

He’s a really good lad, he's fitted in well and integrated straightaway. He's got a great personality and great talent too, he's a great finisher on both feet and I can't wait to play with him. He's got good feet, he's very mature for his age in his knowledge of the game and I think he'll fit in well with this club.

Baldock on Blades' form so far

There's no need to feel sorry for ourselves, we had a great season last year and expectation levels have risen as a result. Weve fallen just below what we expect. But we've been in all the games. We need to tighten up on a few things, we know that as much as anyone.

George Baldock is next up at the presser

On training during the international break:

We'd have liked everyone back to work on a few aspects on our game but it's part and parcel of Premier League football, and we just get on with it. We've had a good week's training and we're raring to go.

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