Sheffield United RECAP: Chris Wilder discusses transfer strategy; Blades chances of keeping defender increase plus fighting talk from FA Cup opponents
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Last updated: Wednesday, 05 February, 2020, 18:05
- Sheffield United will play Reading in the fifth round of the FA Cup
- Chris WIlder says the club is in best shape for years
- Bookies rate United's chances of winning the Cup
- Wilder backs new men to shine
- The nine players United could look to sign
- Wilder hails transfer strategy
- Why United's chances of keeping loan signing Panos Retsos have increased
'It’s structured and we’re not putting ourselves in a position financially where we’re going to struggle'
Explaining the details of United’s budget does not fall within his remit. But, after pledging to “always spend” their funding “as if it were my own”, Chris Wilder felt compelled to offer some reassurances following Sander Berge’s record breaking arrival.
Why United's chances of keeping loan signing Panos Retsos have increased
Since Panos Retsos’ arrival in South Yorkshire, a situation has developed which could, if his move proves a success, pave the way for a prolonged stay at Bramall Lane.
Wilder's delight at transfer window success
United’s interest in Sander Berge had been a matter or record for nearly six months before the Norway international, now the most expensive player in the club’s history, completed his £22m move to Bramall Lane last month.
But Chris Wilder has confirmed that Panos Retsos and Richairo Zivkovic, who joined Berge in South Yorkshire towards the end of the transfer window, were also being monitored by his chief scout Paul Mitchell as United began preparing for their return to the Premier League.
Although he decided against making approaches for the duo back then, Wilder’s admission that neither Retsos or Zivkovic were late additions to his wanted-list provides an insight into United’s recruitment strategy; one which not only tries to identify players with the calibre required to improve their squad but also the right time to strike.
Nine Champions League players United could look to sign
United arguably pulled off the coup of the January transfer window, when they landed highly sought-after Norway international Sander Berge in a £22m club record swoop.
If the Blades, who have a highly favourable fixture run-in compared to some of their divisional rivals, can pull off the feat of qualifying for European football, they'll be looking to attract a similar calibre of player in the summer.
Take a look HERE at nine other Champions League hidden gems United could look to sign.
Fighting talk from the Royals
Which is your favourite Billy Sharp goal?
United skipper Billy Sharp was inundated with birthday messages after turning 34 today
And to mark the occasion, United’s media team has produced a compilation of 10 of the best goals from Sharp in a Blades shirt.
They include a Bramall Lane stunner against his old club Leeds, a cracker in League One against Shrewsbury and a vital late header at Peterborough which helped United on the path to 100 points in League One.
Happy birthday, Billy!
Wilder backs new signings to deliver
Chris Wilder has admitted he was not surprised Sander Berge quickly grasped the demands of Sheffield United’s 3-5-2 system, and is backing the club’s other new signings to do the same.
Can United win the FA Cup
Do the bookies think United can win the tournament? Click HERE and scroll through the pages to see how their chances are rated,