Chris Wilder is “really excited” with his Sheffield United squad having completed a seventh summer deal.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is “delighted with the work we’ve done” in the transfer window ahead of their Premier League return (Sheffield United 11/10 To Stay Up) after midfielder Ben Osborn and goalkeeper Dean Henderson made it seven new arrivals.
The Blades were the surprise package in the Championship last season as they joined title-winners Norwich City in securing automatic promotion to the Premier League (Sheffield United EVS To Finish Above Norwich – Premier League Pick Your Punt).
It will be the Bramall Lane outfit’s first top-flight campaign since 2006-07 and Wilder has been busy bolstering all areas of his squad in a bid to ensure it is not just a one-season wonder (United 4/6 Relegation).
Having spent big money on Bournemouth for forward Lys Mousset, he has also handed Ravel Morrison a chance to finally show what he can do on the big stage and brought veteran defender Phil Jagielka back to the club on a free transfer.
Wilder has also raided the Championship to sign Luke Freeman, Callum Robinson and on Friday secured versatile midfielder Osborn on a three-year deal from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.
Wilder said: “Ben is an intelligent footballer, he plays a number of positions and has got that attitude that he will slot in wherever.
“But he’ll want to nail down a position and he’s going to put enormous pressure on a few of our players who might think they’re cemented into the team and that’s how it’s got to be, I’ve said all along, it raises everybody’s standards.”
Manchester United keeper, Henderson, was the seventh arrival after rejoining the club for the Premier League after playing a big part in the club’s promotion success.
The 22-year-old kept 21 clean sheets last term in the Championship while on a season-long loan and Wilder is overjoyed to get him back for the 2019-20 campaign.
He added: “We’ve had to fight to get a good deal and that’s part and parcel of our approach in the transfer market. All of us, from myself, to the coaching staff, to the player and the supporters want him playing for us in the Premier League and with a lot of hard work we’ve made that happen.”
Wilder could have room for more new faces ahead of the August 8 deadline, although he is “excited” at the squad he has already built for what he expects to be a tough season ahead.
He said: “We are putting together a group that’s got to be competitive in arguably the best division in the world.
“We’re not getting flustered with people talking about where we are getting our players from, we’re delighted with the work we’ve done, I’m really excited and seeing the players we’ve got in the building already.”