Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder makes an admission ahead of the transfer window

Chris Wilder has insisted it is important Sheffield United strengthen during next month’s transfer window or risk losing momentum during the second-half of the Premier League season.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 8:17 am
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Despite confirming the budget placed at his disposal does not contain “head turning numbers”, the United manager thanked Bramall Lane’s new board, including owner HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for helping to finance a £50m recruitment drive during the close season as he prepared United for top-flight football.

However, despite watching his newly promoted team move into contention for European qualification, Wilder believes it is imperative United re-enter the transfer market to avoid injuries, suspensions or even fatigue undermining their progress.

“We’re still looking,” he said. “We’ll talk with the board in terms of the number we’re given.

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Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd celebrates the win during the Premier League match at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove. Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“But there are a couple of key positions where we need to strengthen. We need to do it and the board know that.”

“It won’t be head turning numbers.”