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‘Promotion standard signings’ – These Sheffield United fans were delighted with new arrivals, but how wrong were they?

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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.

Supporters were delighted with this double signing at the time, and expressed their delight at the completion of the deal on Twitter.

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.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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