Sheffield United had a successful season this year as they finished fifth in the table.
After losing 2-1 to Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the play-offs, the Blades put in a brilliant shift in the second leg to make it 3-3 on aggregate to take the game to extra time and penalties.
Sadly for Paul Heckingbottom’s side they fell short in the penalty shootout meaning they are now preparing themselves for another season in the Championship.
The Blades boss will now be looking at his squad to consider potential sales as well identifying areas for strengthening and although they won’t be going overboard, United CEO Stephen Bettis has confirmed the they are willing to spend this summer.
Speaking to the club’s Official Media, he said: “Look, where we are, it’s no secret we run the club on a sustainable basis. So that doesn’t mean there’s a blank cheque just to go out there and keep spending money.
“But we spent a lot of money on players, as we all know, when we were in the Premier League and those players are still within our squad.
“Ultimately, if there’s a moving of one out and one in to strengthen different areas then that’s an option for us. But there’s not a blank cheque but we will spend money in this window for sure.”
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Understandably, Bettis is not willing to go overboard with spending this summer and that is a sensible way to approach the summer as he aims for the club to be run in a way that makes them sustainable.
However, having failed to gain promotion this season makes it clear that a few signings are needed to get United just that level higher in the hope that they can return to the Premier League and their CEO knows that the right signings can pay off long term.
Therefore, the approach to the summer transfer window seems sensible and fans will be hoping this can be the way that gets Sheffield United competing for promotion next season.