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Why Chris Wilder could struggle to find right formula as Blades chase top six

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Sheffield United had a very productive January transfer window that saw Chris Wilder land the players he wanted at a fairly early stage.

There was no panicking on deadline day or paying over the odds. Instead, the Blades acted quickly, decisively and looked to have enhanced their squad.

However, whilst James Wilson, Ricky Holmes, Ryan Leonard and Lee Evans all bring different qualities to the group, they are coming into a fairly big squad and it has caused the boss some headaches.

A midfielder was desperately needed to replace Paul Coutts as his injury was undoubtedly a major reason in United’s recent struggles, yet Wilder has ended up with three players who play in midfield.

That has meant that Mark Duffy, who had done extremely well in the earlier part of the season, hasn’t featured in recent games and fans have understandably questioned that.

And, the highly talented David Brooks is due to return to fitness soon and that will present Wilder with further problems.

In attack, there are more issues for the Blades. Even though it’s early days in his career with the Yorkshire club, James Wilson has struggled to settle.

The on-loan Manchester United man has been chosen ahead of the likes of Billy Sharp, Ched Evans and Clayton Donaldson since arriving.

Similarly, Leon Clarke has been on a very poor run since his incredible form earlier in the season but Wilder is determined to keep faith in him.

All managers ask for competition for places and that is now most certainly the case at Bramall Lane.

Yet whilst it’s almost always viewed as a positive, Sheffield United may be seeing how it’s also a negative.

Wilder may need to make some big decisions in the coming weeks but he needs to find a settled team if the Blades are to make the play-offs this season.

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