The saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, but for Chris Wilder in the Premier League, his failure to adjust may be what costs his team next season after his comments in The Mirror.
Sheffield United were promoted to the top flight this season with a squad made up of entirely British and Irish players, but if the Blades try to repeat this trick next season, they could be relegated before they know it.
The 51-year-old has gone on record to state that he isn’t likely to start shopping abroad due to the Yorkshire club’s promotion to the Premier League.
“We’ve not had the ability to put three or four scouts in every country in Europe because obviously that’s a cost,” said the Blades boss.
“We don’t shy away from foreign players, but they would have to fit into the togetherness and mentality of what we’ve created.
“I don’t think there are many unbelievable bargains flying about there.
“People have cottoned on that there’s money in the Premier League and European agents are trying to move their players in, but many of them are expensive.
“It’s suited us when we’ve gone British and I don’t think we’re going to veer away from that too much.”
Wilder needs to move with the times, or he risks seeing his team left behind in this division.
The Blades boss stated that he doesn’t think there are many unbelievable bargains available, but it’s going to be impossible to find them if he doesn’t even do due diligence with his scouting.
In a season where Fulham paid double what Wolves did for Joao Moutinho to sign Alfie Mawson, it is laughable that Wilder thinks his best business can be conducted domestically.
There are plenty of bargains throughout Europe, but if the Englishman is too stubborn to send scouts abroad, then they have no chance of finding them.
Financial constraints shouldn’t be an issue now that the Blades have been promoted. There should be a vast scouting network across the continent dedicated to bringing the best talent to Bramall Lane.
Bargain signings from abroad have often buoyed newly promoted teams; last year Pascal Gross was Brighton’s player of the season after being purchased for a small fee, whilst Wolves have hit the lofty heights of seventh with a team primarily built around foreign players.
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Sheffield United need to adjust for their new surroundings and ruling out signing 99% of players available to them certainly isn’t a good start.