Chris Wilder is prepared to “wheel and deal” in the January transfer window, acknowledging that some of the current Sheffield United squad may be surplus to requirements.
Returning to Bramall Lane just over a week ago, Wilder secured his first win in his second spell against Brentford. While the 1-0 victory didn’t lift United off the bottom of the Premier League, it injected positivity among the fanbase.
The challenges ahead include trips to Chelsea, Aston Villa, and Manchester City this month, with a key Boxing Day clash against Luton Town.
Sheffield United transfer plans
Looking ahead to the January window, the level of financial support from owner Prince Abdullah is expected to depend on Sheffield United’s position in the table and the realistic prospect of survival. Prince Abdullah has committed to providing necessary support if required, emphasising alignment with Wilder on the January plans.
Chris Wilder is set to have a meeting with the club’s hierarchy this week, during which he intends to inquire about the level of transfer funds available. He hinted at the possibility of targeting young loan players, drawing inspiration from the successes of James McAtee and Dean Henderson in recent seasons. Wilder shared these insights during an interview with Talksport.
“There are players here that we might have to move on, and players that one manager might like and one manager might think are surplus. So we’ll wheel and deal and try and get people through the door, and some might have to go.”
Which player(s) could leave?
I think it’s fair to say both loan left-wingback’s have not met the Premier League standards, so I can see Luke Thomas and Yasser Larouci’s loan contracts being terminated.
Daniel Jebbison was once upon a time the next big thing out of the historic Shirecliffe academy, but since turning pro he hasn’t yet taken that leap in his development.
There has been rumours about issues regarding a new deal, and given he hasn’t been a part of the matchday squad for a long time, I can see Jebbison moving on in January. The same goes for Ismaila Coulibaly.