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Sheffield United: Wilder’s double signing still does not answer questions about their lack of experience

Sheffield United: Wilder’s double signing still does not answer questions about their lack of experience

Sheffield United have made their sixth and seventh signings of the summer as Dean Henderson and Ben Osborn join Chris Wilder’s squad ahead of their return to the Premier League (BBC Sport).

Henderson has re-joined the Blades on another season-long loan following a stellar campaign with them last year in which he kept the most clean sheets in the Championship and the team conceded the fewest goals.

The 22-year-old was finally allowed to make the move back to Bramall Lane after he signed a new deal with his parent club Manchester United which keeps him under contract with the Red Devils until 2022.

And former Nottingham Forest midfielder Osborn joins up with the newly-promoted outfit following his move for an undisclosed fee.

Neither of the Yorkshire club’s newest acquisitons have ever played a Premier League game – much like another one of their signings Luke Freeman.

Meanwhile, Callum Robinson, who was the Blades’ club-record signing just a couple of weeks ago until Lys Mousset arrived, has only ever come on as a substitute four times in the top flight.

There has to be a slight concern about the lack of Premier League experience in the seven signings Wilder has made so far this summer.

Obviously, Jagielka is the clear outlier to that point as he has made 360 appearances in England’s elite division.

However, on top of the three players who have already been mentioned, Mousset and Ravel Morrison have both shown very little when playing in the top flight for Bournemouth and West Ham respectively.

Undoubtedly, it is great to see Wilder giving the likes of Osborn, Robinson, Freeman, Henderson the chance to try and prove themselves – to try and step up from the Championship to the Premier League.

In particular, players like Henderson are absolutely essential to his plans because of what they managed to achieve with the team last year.

But it’s a huge, huge risk that Wilder is taking by not bringing in more individuals with Premier League pedigree – a risk that could possibly turn out to be an unwise one.

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