Sheffield United supporters will have been dreaming of back-to-back promotions last season, but Chris Wilder’s side narrowly missed out on a top six finish.
The Blades have had their fair share of signings in recent years, and it’s safe to say, that two players endured mixed spells at Bramall Lane when they arrived.
On 10th January 2018, Sheffield United confirmed the signing of Lee Evans and James Wilson on loan for the remainder of the season.
???? CONFIRMED: Chris Wilder has bolstered his squad further, with the permanent addition of midfielder Lee Evans and the loan capture of Premier League striker James Wilson #ForgedInSteel #twitterblades #sufc pic.twitter.com/IpoB8968rv
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) January 10, 2018
Supporters were delighted with this double signing at the time, and expressed their delight at the completion of the deal on Twitter.
Very happy with this. If we can get Wilson fully fit he could be a huge signing. ????⚪️⚫️⚔️
— Jordan Mitchell (@_jmitchell26) January 10, 2018
Two decent signings, blues missed out there #bcfc
— Matt Simpson (@90Simpson24) January 10, 2018
Excellent news. Now we can push on for a top 2 place, well 2nd at least although I'd be happy with a top 4.
— SPORTSBOOKCOLLECTOR (@FranksBooks) January 10, 2018
What you reckon to these @ChesnoidGaming? Promotion standard signings? Looking good for the Blades! ⚔????⚪
— George Sanderson (@gbsanderson01) January 10, 2018
Wow Me wilder take another bow #sufc
— ????⚪️⚔️5NILSTU ????⚪️⚔️ (@pinnyboy69) January 10, 2018
Good work by SUFC, need a stronger squad and have already impressed this season.
— Kevin Oxford (@KevinOxford) January 10, 2018
Evans in particular went on to have a successful loan spell with the Blades and made 19 league appearances in total for Chris Wilder’s side.
He became a regular in the starting XI, and chipped in with some notable contributions, as Sheffield United eventually fell out of promotion contention as the season went on.
Evans has since returned to Wigan from his loan spell, and is one of the first names on the team-sheet for the relegation threatened side in this year’s campaign.
But Wilson had a time to forget at Bramall Lane and only made four starts in total for Wilder’s men.
There were high hopes for the striker, who arrived on loan from Manchester United, but having scored only one league goal, it speaks volumes.
Wilson returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2018, and was then loaned out to Aberdeen where he has again struggled for regular game time, having made just seven starts for the Scottish side.
These weren’t the sort of signings that would have set the world alight this season, and Chris Wilder seems to have learnt from his mistakes, and has made impressive loan signings in the form of Oliver Norwood (whose move became permanent) and Kieran Dowell in the last 12 months.
The Blades remain on course for a top six finish and will be hoping they can build on some recent impressive results.