Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has told the club’s owners that locking down the team’s best young prospects is a priority during the January transfer window.
Wilder returned for a second spell in charge at Bramall Lane earlier this month and has been running the rule over a squad that sits bottom of the Premier League table with eight points from 16 games.
He has now held early discussions with the hierarchy, outlining his verdict and future plans. And while fresh additions in the new year are sure to form part of his blueprint, he is certain that working on deals for those who could start looking elsewhere in 2024 is just as important.
“It was a really positive meeting. We talked about my quick assessment of the squad, what we need to do in my opinion. Maybe some players might be surplus, maybe it’ll be player specific what we might bring in,” he said.
“We talked about player’s contracts in January, tying the young players down which is really key and important…that we don’t get into a situation where players are walking out of the door.
“Sometimes it’s impossible to deal with that, if the player is stubborn and doesn’t want to sign for the football club. But the majority do want to. They’ve been here a long time.
“So it was about tying the young ones down and having a glimpse into what happens at the end of the season.”