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Chris Wilder’s clear Sheffield United comments are a good sign

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With promotion long since in the bag, there is now plenty to consider for Chris Wilder and his Sheffield United side ahead of their first return to the Premier League in twelve years.

But while transfers in and out of the club are an obvious issue for Wilder and co. to consider, there is much more than just that for those calling the shots at Bramall Lane to think about.

As well as changes to the squad, Wilder must also consider the approach he is going to take to The Blades Premier League return, and if his recent comments are anything to go by, it seems there is reason for optimism for fans of Sheffield United.

Speaking to BBC’s Football Focus, Wilder claimed that changing the club’s identity now that they have returned to the Premier League would be both “foolish and very dangerous”.

As the catastrophic results of Fulham’s extensive and expensive squad overhaul this time last year have shown, Wilder is spot on when he talks about the dangers of a complete change to a club’s identity as a result of promotion.

In the case of Sheffield United, there is a strong argument to suggest that such a change would be far from necessary.

Much of The Blades squad that secured a top two spot in the Championship also helped take them back to the second tier from League One just two years previously, and none of them have looked out of place amidst the continued at improvements at Bramall Lane.

It isn’t just the squad that poses little cause for concern heading up to the top tier, and Wilder’s comments bode well a continuation of his overlapping centre backs system, which has kept The Blades both defensively solid and dangerous going forward.

This is something that again makes perfect sense. That system has caused problems for any number of Championship sides, and given it is one that Premier League sides will again not be used to, you can see it causing a number of top tier sides problems again in the coming campaign.

There is still plenty of time before Sheffield United kick a ball in anger as a Premier League side again, but the early signs for the summer are certainly promising ones for those around Bramall Lane, and this is certainly part of that.

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