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No need to splash the cash for Sheffield United ahead of Premier League return: Opinion

No need to splash the cash for Sheffield United ahead of Premier League return: Opinion

Sheffield United head into next year as a Premier League club for the first time in 12 years, and manager Chris Wilder will be looking forward to the challenge of top flight football.

The Blades have a squad built on solid chemistry and excellent team spirit, and despite Wilder releasing a few players already and transfer listing others, he will be keen to maintain that spirit within his squad going forward.

Of course, United are going to need to spend some money in order to ensure they can compete, but we here in the Tavern feel that there is no need for the Sheffield club to go out and splash big money on expensive fees and high earners.

United would be better suited looking to bring back some of the loan contingent they had this season, with the likes of Kieron Dowell and Gary Madine proving themselves to be shrewd signings in the Championship run-in. Both would no doubt do a job in the top flight too.

Wilder has indeed made a habit of bringing in quality players for next to nothing, and he will point to the core of his squad like John Fleck, Chris Basham, and David McGoldrick as fine examples of players who can come in for cheap and impress massively.

Indeed, that core group is going to be vital to any success United have, with the likes of Basham and captain Billy Sharp still there from the days in League One.

No major overhaul is needed at Bramall Lane in all honesty, and with a few solid and shrewd additions as well as the club maintaining momentum, United should be just fine on their return to the top flight.

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