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‘They’ll be in trouble’ – Sheffield United boss delivers verdict on Championship summer spending

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has delivered his verdict on this summer’s spending in the Championship, stating that some sides could be in ‘real trouble’, via The Sheffield Star.

The Blades returned to the second tier after storming to the League One title last time out, finishing a hefty 14 points clear of second place Bolton Wanderers to finally seal their place back in the Championship, six years after their relegation.

And manager Wilder was busy in the transfer window over the summer in bringing in ten new players, notably Ched Evans and Clayton Donaldson, albeit the Yorkshire outfit spent less than £3 million on their new arrivals, a figure considerably less than some other sides in the division.

And former Northampton boss Wilder, who has led his side to three wins from their opening five league matches, has delivered his assessment of the big spending in the Championship, which reportedly exceeded the £200 million mark.

He said: ‘Some clubs will have gambles, some will pay off and some will fail.

‘They’ll fail drastically and they’ll be in trouble. Real trouble.

‘This club won’t be in trouble. I’m a custodian of this club. Kevin and the Prince see themselves the same way.’

These comments are sure to intrigue supporters of several Championship clubs, in a summer which saw Wolves spend £16 million on Ruben Neves, while Middlesbrough spent £15 million on Britt Assombalonga and £9 million on Martin Braithwaite, to name but a few big money deals.

In fact, several sides broke their transfer record over the summer to demonstrate the big spending taking place across the game, yet Sheffield United won’t be a side in trouble financially over the coming years given their prudent spending this summer.

The Verdict: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has said what many people within the game were probably thinking – the recent summer window has taken spending to a new level, and thus could spell danger for several of those big-spenders.

The money spent at second tier level over the summer was unprecedented, and not only does that bring financial pressure to succeed, it also brings pressure from fans, media, and sponsors, as spending money is often only measured by success on the pitch.

Thus Wilder’s comments aren’t too much of a surprise, but what is clear is that he acted in the best interests of Sheffield United and the club’s future during the close season, and given their fine start to the campaign, maybe money isn’t the be all and end all after all.

Sheffield United fans… what do you make of Wilder’s comments? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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