Having led Sheffield United to promotion last month, Chris Wilder will understandably be excited about testing himself in the Premier League next season.
Despite already being a hero amongst the club’s supporters for his achievements over the past three years, the 58-year-old’s legacy at Bramall Lane could be determined by the standard of his recruitment this summer.
Whereas signing individuals who already have copious amounts of top-flight experience would undoubtedly aide the Blades’ hopes of prolonging their stay amongst England’s elite sides, focusing on Championship level players could lead to disaster.
Therefore, Wilder must not even consider making a move for Will Vaulks when the transfer window opens in July.
According to TEAMtalk, United are reportedly one of several clubs thought to be interested in the Rotherham midfielder who could be available on a cut-price fee following his club’s relegation to the third tier.
Despite enjoying a fine individual campaign for the Millers in which he was directly involved in 14 goals, the £675k-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) may struggle to make the step up required to thrive in the Premier League and so it would be a huge risk to take by the Blades if they do sign him.
Yet even they do commit to a switch for Vaulks, there is no guarantee that he will be able to displace the midfield pair of Oliver Norwood and John Fleck who were both exceptional last season.
With this potentially being a huge issue for the Wales international, he may benefit more from staying at Rotherham rather than sitting on the bench at Bramall Lane next season.
What do you think Blades fans? Would swooping for Vaulks this summer be a mistake? Or could the midfielder thrive under the guidance of Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill? Let us know below.
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